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6 Palestinians Wounded in Israeli Attacks, West Bank Sealed Off by Israeli Occupation Forces

Two Palestinian resistance fighters wounded in IOF missile shelling

[ 08/03/2008 - 08:10 AM ]


Two Palestinian resistance fighters were wounded midnight Friday in an IOF missile shelling that targeted a group of fighters in Shujaia suburb east of Gaza city, medical sources reported.

They added that one of them was "seriously" wounded, noting that the IOF troops fired a land-to-land missile at their position.

A Palestinian resistance fighter affiliated with the AMB Ayman Jouda group was killed earlier Friday in clashes with invading IOF special units north of Gaza Strip.

The group said in a statement that Nafez Abu Karsh, 41, was killed while confronting the advance of an IOF unit pre-dawn Friday.

Four other resistance fighters affiliated with the Quds Brigades the armed wing of the Islamic Jihad Movement were killed in two separate IOF raids late Thursday.

Meanwhile, the Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, took responsibility for firing five mortar shells at an IOF military outpost east of Khan Younis, south of the Strip, Friday night. The armed wing said that the shelling was in retaliation to the IOF brutal massacres in the Strip and the "oppressive siege" imposed on it.

Israeli army invades Bethlehem, four Palestinians wounded

Saturday March 08, 2008 14:38 by Najeb Faraj - IMEMC News

Four Palestinian youth were injured by Israeli army gunfire on Saturday at dawn in the village of Beit Fajjar, located west of the southern West Bank city of Bethlehem.

Medical sources said that two of the injured sustained critical wounds. Israeli sources said that the four Palestinian youth were injured near the illegal Israeli settlement of Majdal Ouz, located near Beit Fajjar.

The army added that the four were on their way to attack the settlement.  They added that the four had hand grenades and a home made bomb with them.  When encountering Israeli troops they hurled the two grenades at the soldiers; soldiers opened fire and injured the four.

Later the army said Israeli troops chased the four youth back to Beit Fajjar and kidnapped three of them while they were receiving medical help. Palestinian sources identified the three as Mohamed Abed Al Salam, 18, Imad Takatka, 20, and Mahmoud Thawabtah, 20.  Palestinian sources said that Takatka and Thawabtah were critically injured and were kidnapped from a Palestinian ambulance which was transposrting them to receive medical care.

An Israeli army spokesman said that the four were planning to ambush an Israeli army unit that protects the settlement; the army official added that the army managed to ambush the Palestinian group before it could conduct their operation.

Translated by: Ghassan Bannoura Ė IMEMC News

IOG seals off West Bank; bans worshippers from entering Al-Aqsa Mosque

[ 07/03/2008 - 04:40 PM ]


Hours after a Palestinian gunman attacked a Jewish seminary breeding fanatic Jewish leaders, and killed eight student-soldiers and wounded tens others inside it, the Israeli occupation authority decided to impose hermitic closure on the West Bank.

The attack on the seminary came after IOF troops mercilessly killed 130 Palestinian citizens in Gaza Strip, including 33 minors, and wounded 350 others (many of them in critical condition) in a series of lethal air strikes on the tiny Strip since last week.

The attack on this Zionist institute constituted big blow to the Israeli intelligence apparatuses because the attack occurred in the vital western part of the occupied Palestinian city where Israeli official buildings and ministries are located. 

Hebrew media outlets quoted Israeli security officials as asserting that the hermitic closure on the West Bank could last till Sunday, hinting, however, that it might be extended based on circumstances.

In addition to the closure, the IOA decided to ban Palestinian worshippers less than 45 years from entering and performing the Friday congregation in Al-Aqsa Mosque as Israeli security sources affirmed that a large number of Israeli occupation police will be deployed around the premises of the holy Muslim shrine "to ensure law and order".

Aqsa gate torched: Meanwhile, a number of Israeli settlers gathered at the Mosque's Selsela gate and set it ablaze on Thursday night before Palestinian security guards inside the Mosque discovered and extinguished the fire.

According to one of the Mosque's security guards, the fanatic Jewish group did their heinous crime under the watching eye of the Israeli "border guards" who remained passive and took no action to prevent the incident.

The settlers fled the crime scene right after the attack that burnt one meter of the gate's wooden door.

Israeli occupation police alleged they couldnít identify the perpetrators although five monitoring cameras operate at that gate.

Palestinian guards didnít buy the Israeli claims, adding that the Israeli occupation policemen were arresting Palestinian Jerusalemites at the streets alleging they were monitored by the cameras of attempting to carry out "violent acts".

"They (the Israeli occupation police) arrest Palestinian youths after alleging they were monitored by the cameras of carrying out violent acts, yet, they are now trying to convince us that the cameras didnít detect the Israelis who committed this heinous crime", said one of the Mosques' guards. 


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