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The daily news, a service of the International Middle East Media Center, www.IMEMC.org, for Tuesday, April 19, 2006.
Israeli military invasions continue in Nablus and more residents were arrested in the west Bank and Gaza strip these stories and more coming up stay tuned.
Israeli military invasions continue in Nablus and more residents arrested
The Israeli army continued its invasion of the West Bank city of Nablus and arrested more Palestinian residents of the city on Wednesday morning.
Soldiers stormed scores of homes and apartment buildings in the city, searching the homes and residents, as well as using rooftops as military observation posts.
The Army arrested Hussam Meql’e and Nidal Amira, during the searches. Soldiers handcuffed the two men and hit them in public before taking them to an unknown destination, eyewitnesses said.
A local source reported that a number of women were also arrested — apparently family members of men "wanted" by the Israeli military. The military has previously been condemned by human rights groups for using the internationally condemned practice of "baiting" — ie. Arresting the wife, sister or mother of a "wanted" man to use as "bait" to lure the wanted man to turn himself in. This practice is considered collective punishment, and is banned by the Fourth Geneva Convention, of which Israel is a signatory.
Palestinian arrested from Tulkarem
The Israeli army invaded the West Bank city of Tulkarem, conducted house-to-house searches and arrested Husssan Tanboz, 22, Wednesday at dawn.
Tanboz was arrested after soldiers stormed scores of houses in the city, including his family house. The army attacked using live ammunition and sound bombs, eyewitnesses reported.
Five residents arrested near Gaza fence
Israeli soldiers arrested five Palestinians near the northern section of the fence that separates the Gaza Strip from Israel.
The five residents were unarmed and were transferred to an interrogation center, Israeli military source reported.
Army storms residents’ homes in Khresa village near Hebron
Israeli troops stormed, on Wednesday morning, dozens of homes in the village of Khresa near the West Bank city of Hebron.
Soldiers stormed the house of Waleed Al Rajoub, trapped his eight family members in one of the rooms and used the house as a military post after and barred the residents from coming near the house, eyewitnesses reported.
Seven residents injured in Nablus invasion
In a continuous invasion, seven residents were injured in the West Bank city of Nablus as more army enforcements continues to invade the city, Wednesday morning
Troops and army vehicles were pushed into the city on Monday morning, and broke into dozens of houses.
At least seven residents were injured in clashes that followed the invasion; one of the arrestees is a 16-year old child identified as Ahmad Al Shitawi, 16, eyewitnesses reported.
Settlers attack Palestinian students in Hebron
Settlers from several illegal settlement posts in the Old City of Hebron in the West Bank attacked Palestinian schools students, Wednesday noon.
Settlers hurled stones and empty glass bottles at the children and chased them, while soldiers stopped and searched dozens of students at army gates and military posts around the old city, eyewitnesses reported.
And that’s just some of the news of today in Palestine. For constant updates, check out the International Middle East Media Center website, www.IMEMC.org. As always, thanks for joining us. From Occupied Bethlehem, this is Sa’ed Bannoura.