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Palestinian Teenager Shot in Azzoun, 5 Kidnapped in Nablus, House of Security Officer Ransacked By Israeli Occupation Forces

Palestinian teenager shot by invading Israeli occupation troops in Azzoun

Date: 23 / 03 / 2008  Time:  10:07
Qalqilia Ma'an

Israeli occupation soldiers shot a Palestinian teenager during an incursion in the West Bank town of Azzoun, east of the city of Qalqilia on Saturday evening, witnesses said.

Israeli occupation forces had invaded the town earlier on Saturday, imposing a curfew and sparking confrontations with stone-throwing Palestinian youths. Israeli occupation forces fired on the demonstrators, witnesses said.

Eighteen-year-old Zakariyya Swaidan was shot in the torso and hospitalized in Qalqilia. Medical sources called his injury serious.

At the time of writing, Israeli occupation troops continue to sweep the town, raiding Palestinian houses on the pretext of searching for "wanted" Palestinian activists.

Israeli occupation forces kidnap five Palestinians near Nablus

Date: 23 / 03 / 2008  Time:  09:47
Nablus Ma'an -

Israeli occupation forces on Sunday morning detained five young Palestinians from the northern West Bank village of Beita, south of the city of Nablus, after storming their homes.

Local sources told Ma'an's reporter in Nablus that ten Israeli occupation military jeeps raided the village at 2:00am and kidnapped five teenagers amidst heavy gunfire.

Last Friday, Israeli occupation forces blocked roads into the village with earth mounds after an Israeli bus came under fire in the area.

Israeli occupation soldiers ransack house of Palestinian security officer

Date: 23 / 03 / 2008  Time:  10:29
Nablus Ma'an

More than fifty Israeli occupation soldiers ransacked the home of 44-year-old Palestinian security officer Badran Hamayil on Sunday morning, breaking doors, windows, and furniture, Hamayil said.

The raid, in the town of Baita, south of the city of Nablus, came just two days after Israeli occupation soldiers broke into the same house and arrested Hamayil's 16-year-old son Assaf, Hamayil said.

"The soldiers were not satisfied with demolishing the home's contents. They brought police dogs which wondered inside the house scaring my children for more than an hour and a half, while the soldiers were laughing at my scared children," Hamayil added.

He also said that before the soldiers left, they fired two grenades that then failed explode. Hamayil said he summoned the Palestinian security forces to defuse the explosives.

After the soldiers left, Hamayil claimed that 550 Jordanian Dinars were missing from his wife's handbag. His own briefcase was stolen along with some of his documents including his ATM card.

Witnesses said that five Palestinian teenagers were seized by Israeli troops during Saturday's pre-dawn raid in Baita.

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