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Israeli occupation forces terrorize Palestinian cities, storm houses, kidnap 14 people in the West Bank

An Israeli occupation army force kidnaps a Palestinian farmer in northern Gaza

Tuesday March 25, 2008 18:28 by Rami Almeghari - IMEMC & Agencies

Palestinian media sources reported that an Israeli occupation army force kidnapped Tuesday a local Palestinian farmer from the northern Gaza Strip city of Beit Hanoun.

Zamel Shallouf, 23, was kidnapped by an army special force in the Beit Hanoun city, after the force had swept into farm lands on the Israel-border line over there.

Witnesses said that an Israeli occupation force, including infantry troopers, swept into the Beit Hanoun city and detained Shallouf.

Palestinian farmers, bending down in labor on Gaza-Israel border lines, have been exposed to various Israeli actions. A number of them have been killed, others wounded and many others arrested.

Currently, the coastal region observes a state of calm, after the Israeli army killed more than 120 Palestinians, including 40 children, earlier in March.

Israel says its actions, mainly on the northern parts, are meant to stop homemade shells fire onto adjacent Israeli areas.

Israeli army attacks two Palestinian Radio stations and kidnaps four civilians from Hebron

Tuesday March 25, 2008 11:40 by Ghassan Bannoura - IMEMC News

The Israeli occupation army searched Palestinian homes in the southern West Bank city of Hebron and nearby villages, kidnapping four civilians and attacking two Palestinian radio stations in the city on Tuesday.

Troops searched homes in the old city of Hebron and the nearby villages of Beit Umer and Dair Samit, kidnapping three civilians. Local sources identified the three men as: Mohamed Nasser Al-Deen, 52, Jameel Alqam, 62, and Imad Abu Maryia, 30.

Meanwhile another Israeli force attacked the offices of Al-Huriya (freedom) and Siraj Radio stations located in Hebron city and closed them down. Witnesses said that troops searched and ransacked the two offices then took computers and broadcasting equipment.

Ahmad Sonokrot, a radio technician from Siraj Radio was kidnapped by the Israeli occupation troops during the attack.

Both Siraj and Al-Huriya radio stations operate under license from the Palestinian Authority.

Israeli occupation forces storm houses, kidnap Islamic Jihad activist near Jenin

Date: 25 / 03 / 2008  Time:  10:59
Jenin Ma'an

Israeli occupation forces raided the West Bank town of Qabatiya south of the city of Jenin and kidnapped an Islamic Jihad activist, witnesses said.

Local sources told Ma'an's reporter in Jenin that Israeli occupation forces broke into several houses in Qabatiya searching for "wanted" Palestinians before they kidnapped 22-year-old Kamal Kameel, an activist with the Islamic Jihad movement.

The sources added that Israeli occupation troops ransacked the homes of Abdul-Fattah Khuzaima, Alaa Abu Rub and Bilal Kameel, all activists in Islamic Jihad's armed wing, the Al-Quds Brigades.

They also stormed homes of Sulaiman and Ahmad Nazzal, activists with the left-wing Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP) as well as home of Mu'adh Saba'nah, an activist in the An-Nasser Salah Addin Brigades, the military wing of the Popular Resistance Committees.

Separately, Israeli occupation soldiers raided the northern West Bank town of Al-Yamun west of Jenin, with no kidnappings or casualties reported.

Israeli occupation forces raided eight cities and refugee camps in the West Bank overnight on Monday, kidnapping at least eight Palestinians.

Israeli occupation forces storm Balata refugee camp, kidnap three Palestinians

Date: 25 / 03 / 2008  Time:  10:27
Nablus Ma'an

Israeli occupation forces invaded Balata refugee camp, near the West Bank city of Nablus on Tuesday morning, kidnapping three Palestinians, local sources said.

Palestinian security sources told Ma'an's reporter that more than 20 Israeli occupation military vehicles and a bulldozer stormed the camp at 3:00am ransacking dozens of Palestinian houses on the pretext of searching for so-called "wanted" activists. The Israeli occupation forces also raided the nearby village of Kafr Qallil and forcibly searched several homes.

Israeli occupation forces raid Bethlehem and kidnap three Palestinians

Date: 25 / 03 / 2008  Time:  09:53
Bethlehem Ma'an

Israeli occupation forces morning kidnapped three Palestinians from the West Bank city of Bethlehem and the neighboring town of Doha on Tuesday, Palestinian security sources said.

Security sources said Israeli occupation forces raided As-Saf area in the centre of Bethlehem and kidnapped 21-year-old Hamza Al-Kamil and 27-year-old Nidal Khalawi, the head of the freed prisoners' society in Bethlehem.

In Doha, Israeli occupation forces stormed the city and seized 22-year-old Nael Muslih after ransacking several houses.

occupation forces besiege Palestinian house near Qalqilia

Date: 25 / 03 / 2008  Time:  09:51
Qalqilia Ma'an

Israeli occupation forces have besieged a Palestinian house amidst heavy gunfire in the town of Azzun east of the West Bank city of Qalqilia, local sources said on Tuesday.

The sources say the house, located in the center of the town belongs to Isam Hannun, and that Israeli forces kidnapped some of the members of the family.

Azzoun is subject to frequent Israeli raids and is often placed under curfew.

Israeli occupation forces kidnap Palestinian man near Tulkarem

Date: 25 / 03 / 2008  Time:  09:43
Tulkarem Ma'an

Israeli occupation forces kidnapped 31-year-old Palestinian man Faris Mahdawi on Monday evening a Palestinian 31-year-old Faris Mahdawi from the village of Izbat Al-Jarad east of the city of Tulkarem city in the northern West Bank.

Israeli occupation army sources said the man was accused of trading weapons. Meanwhile, security sources said he was affiliated to Hamas.

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