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Editorial Note: The following news reports are summaries from original sources. They may also include corrections of Arabic names and political terminology. Comments are in parentheses.

Israeli occupation forces kill Palestinian man, injure two children, demolish two houses, settlers attack lawmaker Siham Thabit

Israeli occupation forces kill Palestinian man in northern Gaza

Date: 07 / 03 / 2008  Time:  10:31
Gaza Ma'an

Israeli occupation forces killed 40-year-old Nafidh Abu Karsh in the Al-Waha area in the northern Gaza Strip on Friday.

A spokesperson for the armed wing of Fatah's armed wing, the Al-Aqsa Brigades, Abu Tha'ir said that Abu Karsh was one of their activists.

Mu'awiya Hassanain, the director of ambulance and emergency services in the Palestinian Health Ministry said Abu Karsh's body arrived at the Kamal Udwan hospital in the northern Gaza Strip.

Israeli occupation forces demolish two houses in Bethlehem in overnight raid

Date: 07 / 03 / 2008  Time:  09:57
Bethlehem Ma'an

Israeli occupation forces invaded the West Bank city of Bethlehem overnight, demolishing two houses, seizing a Palestinian man and injuring another.

The forces withdrew on Friday morning.

Immediately after an attack on a Jewish school in Jerusalem, to the north of Bethlehem, Israeli occupation military vehicles and bulldozers entered Bethlehem, surrounded the home of Islamic Jihad activist Muhammad Shahada and began to demolish the house.

The invading Israeli occupation forces fired a missile at the two-storey house before bulldozers began demolishing it. They also demolished house of Shahada's father and seized his brother.

Local sources said that the Israeli occupation forces closed the area surrounding Shahada's house and searched in the neighbor's houses looking for Shahada. Bethlehem resident Hasan Abu Sadud was shot in the foot.

Ma'an's reporter said that the Israeli occupation soldiers forced all the residents of the neighborhood out into the street and ordered them to undress. Not knowing whether Shahada was present, the soldiers called Shahada through loudspeakers, demanding to emerge from the house.

Earlier on Thursday, 20-year-old Osama 'Eed from the village of Jurat Al-Shama'a, near Bethlehem, was seriously injured after confrontations broke out between Israeli occupation soldiers and Palestinian young people.

Israeli settlers attack Palestinian lawmaker near Nablus

Date: 07 / 03 / 2008  Time:  12:47
Tulkarem Ma'an

Israeli settlers attacked Siham Thabit, a member of the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC), on Friday while she was driving to the West Bank City of Nablus with her son Ahmad.

Settlers assaulted the car when it passed the Yizhar illegal settlement, smashing the windshield. Thabit was taken to a hospital in Nablus.

Thabit, a Fateh member, is from the West Bank city of Tulkarem and the widow of Fateh leader Thabit Thabit, who was assassinated by Israeli forces in 2000.

Israeli settlers have been enraged after an overnight shooting attack on a Jewish religious school in Jerusalem that left eight Israelis dead. The school is reported to be linked to the settler movement.

Israel army injures two children during ongoing military operations in Bethlehem

Friday March 07, 2008 00:52 by Ghassan Bannoura - IMEMC News

Two Palestinian children were injured during ongoing Israeli occupation military operations in the southern West Bank city of Bethlehem.

Abded Al Hameed Fawaghrah at the Emergency Room photo by IMEMC's Ghassan Bannoura

At least 20 Israeli occupation army vehicles and one bulldozer invaded Bethlehem city center late Thursday night as a part of continued Israeli occupation military operations there. 

Abddul Hameed Fawaghrah, 3 years old, suffered tear gas inhalation and was moved to the hospital after invading soldiers fired tear gas at his family home. Fawaghrah was admitted to the IC unit at the Bethlehem Public Hospital where his condition was stabilized. According to his father, Fawaghrah was born with a heart condition. As a result of tear gas inhalation he had difficulty breathing and required emergency medical care.

Additional victims included a 15 year old girl who suffered from shock after the army opened fire near her house in the center of Bethlehem. She was also rushed to the hospital for treatment.
Troops surrounded the house of Mohamed Shahadah, a leader of the Al-Quds brigades, the armed wing of Islamic Jihad. Witnesses told IMEMC that soldiers forced Shahadah's family outside and made the male family members strip in the street. Local youth hurled stones at the invading troops and clashes were reported near the Shahadah home. Eye-witnesses added that soldiers shelled the family's house setting it on fire. Following this, an Israeli army bulldozer proceeded to demolish it.

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