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Israeli occupation forces terrorize Palestinian cities, kidnap people, demolish houses, farms, and groves

The Israeli occupation army invades Gaza, Palestinian Resistance shells nearby Israeli areas

Thursday March 27, 2008 10:10 by Ghassan Bannoura - IMEMC News

Israeli occupation army tanks and bulldozers invaded the village of Al-Qarara in the southern part of the Gaza Strip, on Wednesday night.

Tanks and bulldozers destroyed two homes owned by local farmers in addition to bulldozing 50 Dunums of land used for farming local sources reported. (one Acre = Four Dunums).

Meanwhile the Al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, stated that its fighters fired at least nine home-made shells at southern Israeli areas located near Gaza on Wednesday late at night.

Israeli media sources reported that two Israeli civilians were lightly wounded when a Qassam shell landed in their home in the Negev area in southern Israel.

Israeli occupation forces demolish three houses, farm and groves in southern Gaza Strip

Date: 27 / 03 / 2008  Time:  10:03
Gaza Ma'an

Israeli occupation forces demolished three houses in Al-Qarara in the southern Gaza Strip on Wednesday evening, Ma'an's reporter said.

Eyewitnesses told our reporter that Israeli occupation military vehicles raided the area in the evening under cover of a military helicopter, withdrawing at 10pm after demolishing three houses belonging to Hisham, Nasser and Yasser Abu Mudeif.

Israeli occupation  forces also demolished a poultry farm belonging to the Abu Shamas family as well as bulldozing 13 acres of olive trees.

Israeli occupation forces kidnap 3 Palestinians near Tulkarem

Date: 27 / 03 / 2008  Time:  13:56
Tulkarem Ma'an

Israeli occupation forces raided the small village of Jbara, south of Tulkarem in the northern West Bank on Thursday morning, imposing a curfew before kidnapping three men.

Ma'an's reporter quoted Palestinian security sources as saying that the abductees were taken to the Qidomeim settlement near Tulkarem. Local sources named one of them as 44-year-old Tahsin Awad while the identity of the other two remains unknown.

Israeli occupation forces kidnap a woman from Nablus

Date: 27 / 03 / 2008  Time:  10:01
Nablus Ma'an

Israeli occupation forces kidnapped a Palestinian woman from Nablus in the northern West Bank on Thursday morning, after they ransacking her home.

Ma'an's reporter quoted the mother of 26-year-old Hanadi Kana'an as saying that Israeli occupation soldiers broke into the family home at 2:00 am and kidnapped Hanadi, taking her away in her pyjamas.

Israeli occupation forces storm towns in Tulkarem district

Date: 27 / 03 / 2008  Time:  10:55
Tulkarem Ma'an

Israeli occupation forces stormed in several areas in the northern West Bank district of Tulkarem on Thursday morning, Ma'an's reporter said.

Our Tulkarem reporter said that an Israeli occupation infantry unit stormed the towns of Anabta and Bal'a in eastern Tulkarem. No kidnappings have been reported.

He added that another Israeli occupation force closed the track road between the towns of Bazaria and Ramin using a military bulldozer.

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