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Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Israelis arrest 12 Palestinians in West Bank

Tue, 03 Feb 2009 22:48:19 GMT

The Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) have arrested twelve Palestinians from the West Bank cities of Bethlehem, Jenin, al-Khalil, and Nablus.

Israeli forces detained three young men (two 15-year-olds and one 17-year-old) from Beit Fajjar and raided Ad-Duheisha Refugee Camp in southern Bethlehem. They also entered a number of houses and searched them.

In Jenin, the IOF stormed houses of civilians and arrested two men, aged 30 and 21. They also confiscated a computer from one of them and searched a cell phone store nearby.

In addition, Israeli soldiers detained a Palestinian youth in the West Bank city of al-Khalil (Hebron)during clashes following a rally celebrating the victory of Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

Several hundred Hamas supporters held what they called a victory rally in the town of al-Khalil on Friday, throwing stones at Israeli troops, who responded with tear gas. No serious injuries were reported.

Meanwhile, Israeli soldiers detained two young Palestinians from Orta village south of Nablus, a member of the village council told the Maan news agency Tuesday.

Soldiers also demanded that three brothers should “give themselves up” to Israel, according to four young men who were threatened after being accused of hiding the men.

Village Councilman Hani Darwasheh said that Israeli troops overran the village, raiding several homes and detaining a 21-year-old youth.

He added that troops raided another two houses and told the parents of Majed, Mazen and Samer Sharab and Majdy Qawariq to convince their children to “hand themselves over” to Israeli forces.

The father of Qawariq said in a telephone call with Maan that Israeli soldiers demolished a gate leading to his home's entrance and confiscated his other son's mobile phone.

All the raids were conducted in the early hours of Tuesday.

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