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Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center,, for Tuesday, May 31st, 2006
Army arrests three residents from Qabatia village also six arrested and two injured in Balata refugee camp, meanwhile Army continues shelling eastern and northern areas of the Gaza strip
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Army arrests three residents from Qabatia village
The Israeli army arrested three residents from the village of Qabatia during a predawn invasion to the village Wednesday.
The arrestees were identified as: Ziad Saba’nah, 34, Ahmad Zakarnah, 24, and Eyad Nazal, 28.
The three were arrested after troops stormed the village firing live rounds and sound bombs at the resident’s homes. Soldiers also searched several homes before arresting the three and took them to unknown location, villagers said.
Army arrests six and injures two in Balata refugee camp
The Israeli army started a massive military operation in the Balata refugee camp in the West Bank city of Nablus Wednesday morning, where they have already arrested six residents and injured two.

Known from the arrestees are: Fareed Abu Al Lil, 51, Ayop Abu Al Lil, Mo’taz Abd Al Aal, 17, and the wife of Najeh Shaheen. All were taken to unknown locations, eyewitnesses said.

Soldiers invaded the camp from several directions and started to fire live rounds and sound bombs at the resident’s homes, seriously injuring two youth. The youth were moved to a nearby hospital and no names have been issued, medical sources reported.

Army arrests four residents from Qalqilia
The Israeli army arrested four residents from villages around the West Bank city of Qalqilia in a predawn invasion to the city on Wednesday.

The army targeted Azon and Jiet villages east of the city, where they searched homes and arrested four residents.

The arrestees were identified as Mo’men Salem, 20, Mallek Salem, 25, Mohamed Raian and Mostafa Sadah, 24, local sources reported.

Army continues shelling eastern and northern areas of the Gaza strip
The Israeli army artillery continued shelling the eastern and northern areas of the Gaza strip Wednesday.

The shelling targeted residential areas in Beit Lahia and Biet Hanon, north of the Strip, and Al Shagaia neighborhood in the east.

Several cases of panic-related injuries were reported among the residents, especially among children and women, medical sources reported.

Wild pig herds attack resident farms in the Jordan Valley
Wild pigs herds attacked residents’ farms east of the West Bank city of Tubas Wednesday at dawn.

According to the farmers, the pigs wreaked havoc upon the farms and their livestock, attacking watermelons and other fruit crops, the farmers said.

The wild pigs were released by Israeli settlers in an attempt to force the farmers and residents of that area out of their lands and villages.

Army finds and destroys a mortar shell in Masafer Bani No’em in Hebron
The Israeli army announced on Wednesday that troops found and destroyed a mortar shell in the Masafer Bani No’em area in the West Bank city of Hebron.

Troops invaded the area and conducted intensive searches of homes and fields before finding the shell and destroying it, residents said.

The shell was Israeli-made and the army made no arrests before leaving the area, security sources reported.

Army invades Jericho and arrests three residents
Three residents were arrested during an Israeli army invasion to the West Bank city of Jericho, on Wednesday afternoon.
Two of the arrestees were identified as Jaad Sawarka and Zakaria Al Tahan.  They were arrested when an undercover army unit stormed a shop in the city center, and took the three to an unknown destination, eyewitnesses said.


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