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The daily news, a service of the International Middle East Media Center,, for Wednesday, May 03, 2006

The Israeli Army arrests two residents from Kofer Ra’ee village near Jenin    And  invades the city  and nearby village of Zababda, arresting one  while a handicapped young man arrested from Beit Awwa village near Hebron

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The Israeli Army arrests two residents from Kofer Ra’ee village near Jenin    

The Israeli army invaded the village of Kofer Ra’ee south west of the West Bank city of Jenin and arrested two residents, Wednesday morning.

Ayman Milhem, 16, and Fadi Mrished, 16, were arrested when troops stormed the village and searched several residents’ homes,the two were taken to unknown locations, eyewitnesses said.

Soldiers used sound bombs and fired live rounds into homes during the search they also searched the civilian cars and detained residents for hours.

Army invades Jenin and nearby village of Zababda, arresting one   

  Israeli armed forces invaded the West |Bank city of Jenin and the nearby village of Al Zababda, and arrested one resident, on Wednesday at dawn.

In Jenin city, troops and jeeps stormed residents homes before arresting Yousif Esmirat, 23, he was taken to an unknown location, no reason for his arrest was given, his family reported.

To the south east of the city, troops entered Al Zababda village from several directions conducting a wide scale search campaign which lasted all morning, no arrests were made, residents reported.

Army arrest handicapped youth from Beit Awwa village near Hebron   
Israeli troops arrested Ashraf Al Massalma, 23, from the village of Beit Awwa near the West Bank city of Hebron on Wednesday.

Al Masalmah is handicapped and uses a wheel chair, he went missing last night and his family searched for him all night, in the morning the family found his wheel chair and clothes near the wall.

The family checked with the DCO office in Hebron city and discovered that the army had arrested Al Massalma near the wall constrution site, close to the village and he is currently being interrogated at an army facility in the nearby Hajaiy settlement, his brother reported.
Three Young men arrested from Obaidiyya village near Bethlehem    
In a predawn invasion to the village of Obaidiyya, east of the West Bank city of Bethlehem, Israeli troops arrested three young men on Wednesday morning.

The arrestees were identified as Firas Hassasna, 19, Hamza Abu Sarhan, 23, and Jammal Shanaita, 20; all were taken to an unknown location.

More than 12 jeeps invaded the village and searched several homes including the home of Hassasna’s father, before taking him to an unknown destination, local sources reported.

Army continue to block the west entrance of Nablus   
Israeli soldiers stationed at Al Bathan military checkpoint on the western entrance of the West Bank city of Nablus are keeping it closed Wednesday.

According to eyewitnesses the soldiers announced that the checkpoint is a closed military zone, and are shooting at anyone trys to cross or approach them.

This is a vital entrance into the city as it is used by hundreds of people daily, to enter Nablus from surrounding villages and towns.

Meanwhile the army imposed curfew on the town of Huwwara, south of Nablus city, on Wednesday morning.

Troops stormed the town and occupied a building using it as military post. Army jeeps also went around the town and imposed curfew.

Soldiers imposed curfew over Huwwara several times over the last few days.

Army arrest two residents from Atel and Sieda villages north of Tulkarem    
On Wednesday morning, Israeli troops arrested one resident from Atel village and one from Sieda both villages are situated north of the West Bank city of Tulkarem.

Yazed Aodah, 28, from Sieda village was arrested at the Bitonia military checkpoint whilst traveling to Rammallah.

Wajdi Abu khalil, 25, was arrested when troops stormed Atel village and searched several homes before taking him to an unknown location, local sources reported.

Soldiers stationed on the military checkpoint at Tulkarem city exit, did not allow the residents to pass and closing the checkpoint and detaining civilians in their cars for hours, residents reported.


And that’s just some of the news today in Palestine.  For constant updates, check out the International Middle East Media Center website,  As always, thanks for joining us.  From Occupied Bethlehem, this is Pennie Quinton