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News, September 2008
Nine Palestinians kidnapped, one injured by Israeli occupation forces overnight, more suffering at checkpoints
Nine Palestinians kidnapped, one injured by Israeli occupation forces overnight
Date: 04 / 09 / 2008 Time: 10:00
Israeli occupation forces kidnapped nine Palestinians during dawn
raids in the West Bank cities of Bethlehem, Hebron, and Nablus. Another
Palestinian was injured by illegal Israeli settlers.
Palestinian toddler almost dies due to Israeli checkpoint
According to local sources, an 18-month old child from Susiya almost died while on his way to the Al-Er Demat Hospital due to an Israeli checkpoint that prolonged his journey.
The child, known only as 'Omar', was suffering from a debilitating fever that caused his tongue to swell and fall back into his mouth, blocking his windpipe. He began to suffocate, and his family put him in the car and started to rush to the hospital. Normally, the trip to the hospital would take five minutes, but an Israeli checkpoint installed on the road 8 years ago makes delays inevitable.
When the family saw the lines at the checkpoint, they knew from past experience (their own and many others') that the Israeli soldiers would not allow a special exception due to the life and death situation they were facing, and Omar would surely die.
So they took off on a bumpy, undeveloped, unpaved side road in order to avoid the checkpoint and get to the hospital in time. Luckily, Omar's uncle managed to pry open the feverish boys mouth and pull his tongue forward during the bumpy and treacherous trip, allowing him to take some breath in, and probably saving his life.
A similar incident ended fatally last year in the neighboring town of Tuwani as a 14 year old girl died from suffocation on the way to the hospital.
These two incidents are only examples of problems caused by the restriction of movement that Israel has imposed on the Palestinian population.
In 2007 the number of permanent checkpoints averaged 102 a month. On top of this, the army sets up dozens of temporary “flying” checkpoints every week. In addition, Israel has blocked access to several main roads.
The system of restrictions on Palestinian movement, enables Israel to designate some of the roads in the West Bank for only the use of Israelis, mainly settlers living in the West Bank. Israel prohibits Palestinian vehicles from even crossing certain roads. Palestinians are forbidden to use, or are restricted in their use of, more than 300 kilometers of roads in the West Bank.
The Israeli occupation military forces kidnap 2 civilians from Hebron
Israeli occupation forces invaded the West Bank city of Hebron on Thursday dawn kidnapping 2 civilians local sources reported.
Troops searched and ransacked Mahmud Jamjoum aged 22, and Salamah Abu Hadeed aged 40 before kidnapping them. The two were taken to an unknown destination. Moreover, a group of illegal Israeli settlers from Kiryat Arba' illegal settlement in Hebron attacked Wassim Jaber by throwing stones at him causing him scratches and an injury in the head. He was immediately transferred to a local hospital.
Most of the settlers attacks go unreported or documented, a number of settler assaults against Palestinians have been documented on tape especially in Hebron.
Israeli occupation forces kidnap 2 civilians from Bethlehem
The Israeli military forces invaded the West Bank city of Bethlehem on Thursday dawn kidnapping 7 civilians, as reported by local sources.
Israeli occupaiton military vehicles invaded the city and 2 nearby villages in addition to Aida refugee camp. Eyewitnesses reported that 10 Israeli military vehicles invaded the village of Beit Ta’mar southern the city of Bethlehem. Troops searched and ransacked 4 houses with the help of dogs after forcing the civilians out of their houses for couple of ours.
Moreover, 5 Israeli occupation military vehicles invaded the village of Tuqu’a, kidnapped Kamil Al-Badan aged 39 after searching his house, troops took him to an unknown detention camp for investigation.
The Israeli occupation military forces also invaded Aida refugee camp, located north of Bethlehem, and kidnapped Imad Ayyad aged 35 taking him to an unknown destination.
Israeli occupation forces invade West Bank cities, kidnap 5
Israeli occupation forces kidnapped five Palestinian civilians as they invaded the West Bank cities of Nablus, Jenin, Tulkarem and nearby villages, on Thursday at dawn, local sources reported.
A number of Israeli military vehicles troops were seen in several streets in Nablus at dawn. Troops did house-to-house search and detained 5 civilians after breaking into the homes. In Jenin, eyewitnesses reported that a number of Israeli military vehicles and jeeps invaded the city and centered in several streets, however, no one was taken prisoner.
Moreover troops invaded Jaba’a village south of Jenin. Military vehicles drove through the streets and an Israeli occupation Special Force positioned in a building in an unfinishedbuilding in the village.
Israeli occupation soldiers stayed in the village for couple of hours and later on withdrew without making any detention. Eyewitnesses reported that troops also invaded Tulkarem and 3 nearby villages, troops broke into several houses leaving damage in residents' property.
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