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3 Palestinians Killed, 6 Kidnapped by Israeli Occupation Forces and Settlers

Israeli troops gun down unarmed Palestinian farmer in the Gaza Strip

Date: 24 / 03 / 2008  Time:  13:49
Gaza Ma'an

Fifty-five-year-old Palestinian farmer Yousif Abu Dhahir was killed on Monday by Israeli soldiers while he was tending his land near the Israeli military installation of Kisufim east of the Palestinian city of Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip.

Muawiya Hassanain, the director of ambulance and emergency services in the Palestinian Health Ministry Abu Dhahir's body arrived at Nasser Hospital in Khan Younis riddled with bullets.

Eyewitnesses told Ma'an's reporter that Israeli troops opened fire at Palestinian civilians while the soldiers were re-erecting a watchtower at the military post.

Israeli sources claimed earlier that Palestinian activists fired at Israeli troops south of the military position without reporting any casualties.

Palestinian man run over by Israeli settlers near Ramallah

Date: 24 / 03 / 2008  Time:  10:33
Ramallah Ma'an

A Palestinian man was moderately to seriously wounded when he was run over by an Israeli settler's car on the bypass road near the central West Bank village of Ni'lin, west of Ramallah.

Eyewitnesses named the victim as Jihad Sharawna, a man in his twenties. The settlers drove away without aiding the visibly wounded Sharawna, the witnesses said.

Settler bypass roads, some of them designated for use by Israelis only, crisscross the West Bank.

Islamic Jihad fighter dies of combat wounds in Gaza

Date: 24 / 03 / 2008  Time:  10:09
Gaza Ma'an

An Islamic Jihad fighter died on Sunday evening of wounds he sustained in an Israeli airstrike in the northern Gaza Strip last week.

Islamic Jihad's armed wing, the Al-Quds Brigades, announced that 23-year-old Nidal Shaqura died.

Israeli occupation forces kidnap Palestinian presidential aide

Date: 24 / 03 / 2008  Time:  14:48
Ramallah Ma'an

Israeli occupation forces on Monday afternoon kidnapped a Palestinian attorney, Ahmed Ruwaidi, who is in charge of Jerusalem affairs in the Palestinian Presidency

According to press sources, the man was detained on his way from his home in the Silwan neighborhood of East Jerusalem to Ramallah, the headquarters of the Palestinian Authority in the central West Bank.

Israeli occupation forces kidnap five Palestinians near Nablus

Date: 24 / 03 / 2008  Time:  11:13
Nablus Ma'an

Israeli occupation forces kidnapped five Palestinians from the West Bank towns of Tammun and Tubas, north of the city of Nablus on Monday morning, witnesses said.

The director of the Palestinian prisoners society in Tubas, Mahmoud Sawafta, condemned ongoing Israeli kidnapping raids, saying they are intended to provoke Palestinians to respond.

Every night Israeli occupation forces raid West Bank cities and towns, abducting Palestinians, without charges or trial, from their homes. There are currently more than 11,000 Palestinians in Israeli occupation prisons and detention centers.

Hit-and-run Israeli driver runs over Palestinian young man

[ 24/03/2008 - 01:54 PM ] Gneral view of the village of Na'lin


An Israeli setter driving a car wounded a Palestinian young man called Jihad Sharawneh, 20, very badly when he deliberately sped up and ran over the young man near Na'lin village west of Ramallah city.

Palestinian eyewitness reported that the settler fled the scene, while the young man was bleeding and groaning with pain, adding that he got fractures in his limbs.

Meanwhile, another Israeli settler on Sunday kidnapped two Palestinian children called Iyad Al-Hindi, 14, and his cousin Bilal Al-Hindi, 17, as they were grazing sheep on the outskirts of the Laban village, east of Salfit in the northern West Bank, according to local sources.

The sources added that the settler took the two children to the Israeli Shilo settlement and let them go after questioning them.

In another context, the IOF troops withdrew Monday morning from the vicinity of the Arab American University in Jenin as well as the towns of Talfit and Zababdeh in the Jenin district after deploying about 200 armored vehicles in the area on Sunday.

The IOF troops alleged that this military operation was not aimed at the university or the surrounding villages, but it was only a military maneuver.

The deployment of tens of Israeli military hardware and troops in the area yesterday had raised fears among the university students and the people of the area who thought it was in preparation for a large-scale invasion of the area.

The IOF troops also invaded at dawn Monday the Tubas town in the West Bank and kidnapped a Palestinian citizen called Mu'een Fukaha, 22, while many military vehicles stormed the Jenin city.

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