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16 Palestinians Kidnapped by Israeli Occupation Forces in the West Bank

Israeli occupation forces kidnap 16 Palestinians in the West Bank

Date: 04 / 03 / 2008  Time:  10:06
Bethlehem Ma'an -

Israeli occupation forces kidnapped 16 Palestinians in the West Bank for on Tuesday.

The Israeli occupation army said that an activist was detained in Jenin, two others in Nablus, three in Ramallah, six in Bethlehem, and four in Hebron.

IOF troops round up two citizens in Nablus district

[ 04/03/2008 - 10:47 AM ]


Israeli occupation forces (IOF) kidnapped two Palestinian citizens in Nablus villages in pre-dawn raids on Tuesday that included shooting intensively during the incursions, locals reported.

They said that the two men were kidnapped from Kufr Kalil and Til villages to the east and west of Nablus city respectively.

The soldiers broke into many civilian homes before taking away those two men, the sources said, noting that the soldiers stormed the city of Nablus amidst intensified firing.

Meanwhile, Zionist settlers on Monday night stoned Palestinian homes in Burin village, south of Nablus, and clashes were reported between the two parties.

The settlers apparently responded to calls by Zionist fanatic MPs who called on the settlers not to hesitate in using their firearms against Palestinians.

Five Palestinians kidnapped by Israeli occupation forces in the northern part of the West Bank

Tuesday March 04, 2008 10:35 by Nisreen Qumsieh - IMEMC News

On Tuesday morning, Israeli occupation forces carried out military operations in the northern part of the West Bank, focussing on Nablus and Jenin cities, and kidnapped at least five Palestinians in the operation.

Local sources reported that a force of the Israeli occupation forces invaded Sabastiya village early in the morning and ransacked homes before they kidnapped Firas and Ashraf al-Sha'er. Both were moved to an unknown detention center.

In the same district, the army invaded Tal village, and kidnapped Mohammad abed al-Fattah,28 and 'Azmy Mansour 40 from Kfur Qalil village.

In a separate operation, Israeli forces of at least ten military vehicles invaded the al-Yamoun town in Jenin, attacked civilians' homes and kidnapped Ahmad Hoshiya,24. During the attack the army used sound bombs and forced residents out of their homes, claiming that they want to search the area.

Israeli occupation forces  kidnap five in Bethlehem

Tuesday March 04, 2008 09:56 by Nisreen Qumsieh - IMEMC News

The Israeli occupation forces invaded the southern West Bank city of Bethlehem and the nearby town of al-Khader on Tuesday morning.

Local sources reported that the army kidnapped at least five Palestinians, two of them from Bethlehem and the remaining were from the al-Khader Town in Bethlehem district.

The abducted Palestinians were reportedly taken after the army invaded their homes and were then moved to an unknown detention center.

On Monday, around 100 Palestinians mostly young children gathered outside the church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, to protest against the Israeli offensive in Gaza where 120 Palestinians were killed and over 300 injured.

School students protest the Israeli attacks on Gaza near Bethlehem

Tuesday March 04, 2008 13:11 by Ghassan Bannoura - IMEMC News

Around 200 school students gathered at the center of Beit Sahour tow, east of Bethlehem city in the southern part of the West Bank, on Monday to protest the Israeli attacks on Gaza.

Marching from their schools, the children carried Palestinian flags and banners calling for an end to the Israeli attacks on Gaza and the imposed army siege.

Students then arrived at the town center, and teachers and students delivered speeches. A short prayer was conducted calling for end of the Israeli attacks on Gaza and peace in the Middle East.

There were no classes in the schools for two hours for the protest. The event was called for by the National Faction Committee in Beit Sahour Town.

The Israeli attacks on Gaza, which escalated on Wednesday and continued through Monday morning, left 120 Palestinians dead and over 300 injured. Of those killed during the five day long offensive, at least 95 were civilians.

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