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3 Palestinians Killed in Gaza, 16 Kidnapped in the West Bank by Israeli Occupation Forces

Israeli occupation forces kill Palestinian farmer near Khan Younis

Date: 20 / 03 / 2008  Time:  09:09
Gaza Ma'an

A 60-year-old Palestinian farmer was killed on Thursday morning by Israeli occupation forces east of Al-Qarara north of Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip.

Muawiya Hassanain, the director of ambulance and emergency services in the Palestinian health ministry said the body of Hasan Abu 'Abid was takene to Nasser Hospital in Khan Younis. He said the man died of a gunshot to his chest.

Israeli air raid on Gaza City leaves two dead

Date: 20 / 03 / 2008  Time:  12:24
Gaza Ma'an

Two Palestinian activists affiliated to Hamas' Al-Qassam Brigades were killed on Thursday when Israeli warplanes attacked their base in Tal Al-Hawa in Gaza City.

Muawiya Hassanain, the director of ambulance and emergency services in the Palestinian health ministry named the victims as 18-year-old Noor Jundiya and Muhammad Banar. He added that a third activist was seriously injured.

PRC fighters clash with Israeli occupation forces

Date: 20 / 03 / 2008  Time:  15:24
Gaza Ma'an

The military wing affiliated to the Popular Resistance Committees (PRC), the Al-Nasser Salah Addin Brigades announced on Thursday morning that a group of their fighters clashed with an undercover Israeli occupation force which infiltrated near the Rafah crossing in the southern Gaza Strip.

The military group said in a statement that there were casualties amongst the Israeli occupation forces.

Israeli occupation forces kidnap 11 Palestinians in Hebron and Bethlehem

Date: 20 / 03 / 2008  Time:  12:34
Hebron Bethlehem


Israeli occupation forces stormed the southern West Bank towns of Surif, Halhul, Beit Sahour and Al-Khadir on Thursday morning, kidnapping 11 people.

Ma'an's Hebron reporter said Israeli forces raided Surif and apprehended six Palestinian men. He added that one Palestinian was also kidnapped in Halhul - 45-year-old Khadir Mubarak, head of educational guidance in Hebron.

In the Bethlehem district, Israeli forces arrested three teenagers from Al-Khader south of Bethlehem and a Palestinian policeman from Beit Sahour to the east of Bethlehem.

Israeli occupation forces kidnap four Islamic Jihad activists near Jenin

Date: 20 / 03 / 2008  Time:  12:27
Jenin Ma'an

Israeli forces apprehended four Islamic Jihad activists in the northern West Bank town of Qabatia in the southern Jenin district on Thursday morning after ransacking several homes.

Local sources told Ma'an's reporter that the Israeli occupation troops damaged furniture and other contents in the homes they raided. According to local sources, the abductees were 38-year-old Amin Nazzal, 21-year-old Ammar Tazaza, 24-year-old Muhammad Saba'nah and 32-year-old Nadeem Kameel.

The sources added that the soldiers also handed warrants to the families of Sulaiman Nazzal, Mu'adh Saba'nah, 'Alaa Abu Rub and Bilal Kameel telling them to turn themselves over to the Israeli authorities.

Israeli occupation forces kidnap a Palestinian near Nablus

Date: 20 / 03 / 2008  Time:  09:45
Nablus Ma'an

Israeli forces kidnapped a Palestinian man from Balata refugee camp east of Nablus in the northern West Bank on Thursday after storming several neighborhoods in the city.

Palestinian security sources told Ma'an that Israeli occupation forces stormed Balata camp and the old city of Nablus and conducted house to house raids, claiming they were looking for Palestinian activists. The sources named the only abductee as 21-year-old Ayyub Shtaiwi from Balata camp.

Israeli occupation forces raid several West Bank cities

Date: 20 / 03 / 2008  Time:  09:20
Bethlehem Ma'an

Israeli forces kidnapped twelve 'wanted' Palestinians on Thursday morning after raiding several West Bank cities.

Israeli occupation sources said the army raided Qabatia and Nablus in the northern West Bank as well as Hebron and Beit Sahour in the south and Ramallah in the centre. They said all abductees were taken for interrogation.

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