Thursday, June 4, 2009

Israeli army detains 18 Palestinians in West Bank

Ramallah, June 4, 2009 (Ramattan) – The Israeli forces arrested on Thursday morning 18 Palestinian citizens in different cities across the West Bank, Palestinian security sources said.

Sources reported that around 4 Palestinians were detained as the Israeli army stormed their houses in the city of Jenin amid intensive fire.

In separate incidents, the Israeli forces thrust into the cities of Nablus, Hebron, Ramallah and Bethlehem and launched search campaigns, arresting more than 14 Palestinians.

Israeli army claimed that the detainees were "wanted" and were taken for interrogation.

The Israeli army frequently launches search and arrest campaigns against the Palestinians across the West Bank. There are more than 10.000 Palestinian prisoners in the Israeli jails, including children, women, patients and lawmakers.

Israeli forces seize 18 Palestinians overnight
Date: 04 / 06 / 2009 Time: 09:41

Bethlehem/Nablus – Ma’an – Israeli forces seized 18 Palestinians during overnight raids across the West Bank, the military said on Thursday.

According to the Israeli army, four were detained in the Nablus area, one in the Ramallah area, three in the Bethlehem area and four near Hebron. The Palestinians are being held in unknown locations.

Ma’an identified three of those taken from the Nablus area. The three were from the villages of Aqraba and Qasra, south of Nablus, among them a young man who was only released from prison the previous day.

Anwar Odeh from the village of Qasra told Ma’an: “Israeli troops detained my brother Akram Dawood Odeh 36 years-old. He is a father of five children and he was detained after eight hours of his release and after paying an 8,000 shekel penalty.”

Odeh also said that the troops invaded their house at 1:30am abducted Akram Dawood Odeh.

Meanwhile Palestinian security sources said Israeli soldiers detained Musa Muhammad Hussein Abu Reida, 16, from the village of Qasra, and Mahmoud Ghaleb Bani Jaber, 28, from Aqraba, after raiding their houses.