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Palestinian Fighter Dies of Wounds, 7 Palestinians Kidnapped by Israeli Occupation Forces

Palestinian fighter dies of combat wounds in Egyptian hospital

Date: 26 / 03 / 2008  Time:  11:48
Gaza Ma'an

Twenty-four-year-old Palestinian activist Mahmoud Abid Rabbu died on Wednesday in an Egyptian hospital where he was being treated for serious wounds.

The Islamic Jihad's military wing, the Al-Quds Brigades, said that Abid Rabbu was one of their fighters who was injured during a massive Israeli incursion in the northern Gaza Strip in late February.

Abid Rabbu was from Izbat Abid Rabbu, in the northern Gaza Strip.

120 Palestinians, most of them unarmed civilians, were killed in the five-day Israeli incursion. Due to the high number of casualties, Egypt opened the Rafah border crossing to allow wounded Palestinians to be treated in Egyptian hospitals.

Israeli occupation forces kidnap five Palestinians in Tulkarem raid

Date: 26 / 03 / 2008  Time:  15:00
Tulkarem Ma'an

Israeli occupation forces on Wednesday stormed the West Bank town of Qaffin, north of the city of Tulkarem, and kidnapped five Palestinians including two Islamic Jihad fighters.

Local residents said that Israeli forces raided several houses before arresting 17-year-old Amal Harsha, 26-year-old Muhammad Ammar, 27-year-old Jamil Khatib, and two Islamic Jihad activists, 21-year-old Kahlid Ajjuli and 20-year-old Rashwan Ajjuli.

Israeli occupation forces raid Jenin, storm several buildings
Date: 26 / 03 / 2008  Time:  12:32

Jenin Ma'an

Israeli occupation forces raided the northern West Bank city of Jenin on Wednesday and ransacked several residential buildings, commercial complexes, and charities amidst heavy gunfire.

Local sources told Ma'an's reporter that more than 15 Israeli occupation military vehicles entered the city and stormed several buildings, breaking doors and damaging the contents of shops, apartments and charities. No casualties have been reported.

Israeli occupation forces kidnap Al-Qassam Brigades leader in Tulkarem

Date: 26 / 03 / 2008  Time:  10:10
Tulkarem Ma'an

Israeli occupation forces kidnapped a top activist in the armed wing of Hamas, the Al-Qassam Brigades, and one of his aides during an incursion in the West Bank town of Bal'a, east of the city of Tulkaremon Wednesday morning .

Witnesses said that Israeli occupation forces kidnapped 45-year-old Umar Jabir, who they have pursued for seven years. Israeli intelligence services accuse Jabir of involvement in anti-occupation military activity. 39-year-old Hani Barabrah was the other arrestee.

Abu Jabir had been deported to Marj Al-Zuhur in Lebanon in 1992 along with 415 other Islamic activists, most of whom were affiliated with Hamas.

Eyewitnesses told our reporter that Israeli forces raided Bal'a and searched several houses, kidnapped three other Palestinian teenagers, 17-year-old Nihad Zaitawi, 19-year-old Mihad Harash and 18-year-old Ihab Ammar.

Israeli occupation army kidnaps two from Qalqilia

Wednesday March 26, 2008 11:43 by Nisreen Qumsieh - IMEMC News

In pre-dawn invasion on Wednesday morning, the Israeli military kidnapped two men from the northern West Bank city of Qalqilia.

Sources reported that Israeli jeeps invaded the city and kidnapped Mahmoud Abu el-Sheikh and Saleh al-Yaseen after invading their homes in the area.

Sources added that soldiers attacked civilians' homes in the operation, searched them and confiscated properties, they claimed they were searching for wanted Palestinians.

In the surrounding area, Israeli forces imposed tight measures on a military checkpoint, positioned south of the district, and preventing civilian' vehicles from moving for several hours.

Israeli occupation forces kidnap seven Palestinians in the West Bank

Date: 26 / 03 / 2008  Time:  09:38
Bethlehem Ma'an

Israeli occupation forces kidnapped seven "wanted" Palestinian activists in the West Bank on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, Israeli army sources said.

According to the sources, the abductees were from Tulkarem in the northern West Bank, Ramallah in the center, and Bethlehem and Hebron in the south.

Israeli settlers open fire at Palestinian shepherds near Hebron, injuring three sheep

Wednesday March 26, 2008 14:09 by Ghassan Bannoura - IMEMC News

A group of Israeli settlers from illegal settlement of Havet Ma'on south of Hebron city, in the southern West Bank, opened fire at Palestinian shepherds and their sheep on Wednesday midday injuring three sheep.

Christian Peace Maker Teams, (CPT), an American human rights group working in the Hebron area, told IMEMC that shepherds from Towani village, near the settlement, were grazing their sheep when Israeli settlers opened fire at them and injured three sheep.

A fourth sheep is missing, lost when the herds bolted from the gun fire.

CPT added Israeli police and army arrived in the area. The settlement of Havet Ma'on and its sister Ma'on settlement were built on land illegal taken from the village of Towani, the Israeli army along with the settlers attack the villages and their life stock with is their main source of income in order to intimidate the shepherds into leaving the area.


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