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Five Palestinians Kidnapped by Israeli Occupation Forces, Two Attacked by Illegal Israeli Settlers

Two Palestinian civilians attacked by illegal Israeli settlers near Nablus

Date: 17 / 09 / 2008  Time:  11:43
Nablus – Ma’an –

Two Palestinian civilians were injured on Wednesday after being attacked by Israeli settlers, Israeli sources said.

The settlers hurled stones at them until they could get to an Israeli military checkpoint near Tabwah crossing near Nablus city.

The Palestinians were both taken to a hospital in Israel for treatment.

Also on Tuesday night, settlers hurled stones at an Israeli post near the outpost of Yad Yair. There were no reports of injuries or damage there.

Meanwhile, Israel Forces arrested 18 Palestinian across the West Bank cities of Bethlehem, Qalqilia, Nablus and Hebron. They were all reportedly taken for questioning.

Israeli forces detain five locals from Hussan

Date: 17 / 09 / 2008  Time:  11:35
Bethlehem – Ma’an –

Israeli forces on Wednesday morning detained five young men from the village of Hussan, west of Bethlehem.

Security sources said that Israeli troops overran the town just after midnight and broke into several houses, forcing residents to wait outside.

Israeli forces detained Muhammad Abed Hamamreh, Tareq Ismael Hamamreh, Muhammad Ma’areq Hamamreh, Tharwat Tareq Hamamreh and Hamzeh Abdul Fattah Za’oul.

Security sources reported that the forces broke into Fatah secretary Ismael Hamamreh's during the raid.

Israeli military refuses higher sentence for officer who ordered point-blank shot

Wednesday September 17, 2008 09:25 by Saed Bannoura - IMEMC News

An Israeli Lieutenant Colonel who ordered a soldier to fire a rubber-coated steel bullet at a blindfolded, handcuffed Palestinian protester has been vindicated by a military prosecutor, who ruled against increasing the officer's punishment.

The officer, Lt. Col. Omri Burberg, was charged only with 'unbecoming behavior', which critics say was a 'slap on the wrist'. Four human rights groups, B'Tselem, the Association for Civil Rights in Israel, Yesh Din and the Public Committee Against Torture in Israel, called for the sentence to be reconsidered, and for a more harsh sentence to be imposed.

In the incident, a Palestinian non-violent protester from the village of Na'alin was taken by Israeli soldiers behind one of their jeeps, blindfolded, handcuffed and made to kneel on the ground. Burberg then ordered one of the soldiers in his command to fire a shot directly at the Palestinian prisoner, wounding him in the leg.
Avihai Mandelblit, the Military Advocate General who heard the appeal by the four human rights groups, stated that the officer's action "was reasonable given the circumstances and therefore [the charges] should not be changed."

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