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Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center, www.IMEMC.org, for Thursday, June 1st, 2006.
Four residents arrested near Hebron, and ten in Silwad town, near Ramallah,
Jewish settlers attack Palestinians in Tel Rumeida, Hebron, while Resistance injures two soldiers during a predawn invasion to Jenin
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Four residents arrested near Hebron
Thursday at dawn, Israeli soldiers arrested four residents in the village of Al Shiokh, north-east of the West Bank city of Hebron, after invading it and conducting military searches of homes.
A large military force invaded the village, especially Al Khirba and Al Qaffan areas, searched several houses and arrested four residents, local sources reported.
The arrestees were identified as Mohammad Badawi Al Halaiqa, 48, Mohammad Suleiman Al Halaiqa, 50, Saleh Ibrahim Al Hasasna, 29, and Hani Ibrahim Al Ayayda, 20 years old.
The arrestees were taken to an unknown destination, local sources added.
Troops arrest ten residents in Silwad town, near Ramallah
Israeli soldiers arrested on Thursday morning ten residents from Silwad town, east of the West Bank city of Ramallah after invading it and closing its entrances.
Troops attacked and searched homes and several constructions, conducted military searches and arrested at least ten residents, local sources reported.
Also, soldiers based near Ofra settlement, near the town, attacked dozens of homes after claiming that stones were hurled at settlers vehicles passing on a settlement road near the town.
In a separate incident, soldiers installed portable checkpoints near the northern entrance of Ramallah, and near Sorda village, interrogated dozens of residents and searched the vehicles.
Jewish settlers attack Palestinians in Tel Rumeida, Hebron
Jewish settlers living illegally on stolen Palestinian land assaulted citizens in Tel Rumeida neighborhood of the West Bank City of Hebron in an attack which locals say is meant to push them out of their homes so the Israeli settlers can further expand their settlements.
The family of Tayseer Abu Eisha said that at least ten colonizers near Ramat Tshay Jewish-only colony attacked the Palestinian family’s house with stones and empty bottles and chased the children, hurling dirty water at them.
The citizen Hana Abu Haikal pointed out that the repressive acts of the settlers are taking place in front of Israeli soldiers, who make no effort to stop the settlers from attacking the Palestinians. He believes such collaboration between soldiers and settlers are part of the attempt to force the Palestinians to leave, so that settlers can take over their homes and annex them for the Jewish state.
Army arrests one resident from Bethlehem
The Israeli army arrested one resident from Dihasha refugee camp in the West Bank city of Bethlehem during a pre dawn invasion Thursday.
6 army jeeps stormed the camp and searched several resident’s homes before arresting Abd Al Ra’of Al Balwai, 28, and taking him to unknown location, his family said.
Al Balwai works as an officer in the Palestinian Authority preventive security force in the city of Bethlehem.
Resistance injures two soldiers during a predawn invasion to Jenin
Palestinian resistance fighters injured two soldiers during an Israeli army invasion to the West Bank city of Jenin and its refugee camp Thursday at dawn.
More than 20 army vehicles stormed the city and the refugee camp. Resistance fighters from Al Qudes brigades, the armed wing of the Islamic Jihad, clashed with the army and detonated a 140 KG street side bomb.
The Army announced that two soldiers were injured in the incident. Residents in the city said that sound of the explosion rocked the entire city.
Army invades the Balata refugee camp and Nablus city
Israeli forces invaded the West Bank city of Nablus and nearby Balata refugee camp on Thursday morning.
Troops entered the city and refugee camp from several directions then took positions in the city center and refugee camp, according to the local residents’ infantry and jeeps were also seen in the city.
The Army also stormed Al Toor area in the city and two posts for the Palestinian Authority security forces, no arrests were made, local sources reported
Army storms Al Borak center in AL Bira city and arrests the director of the center
The Israeli army the stormed Al Borak culture and research center in Al Bira city south of the West Bank and arrested the centre’s director on , Thursday
Troops invaded the bulding ‘s offices and searched the place then arrested Adeeb Ziada, the director of the center, computers and files were confiscated by the army, eyewitnesses said
Ziada was released from Israeli jail only three days ago, the Al Borak center is a Palestinian NGO that holds work shops and studies culture and Palestinian issues.
Army arrests one child at Howwara checkpoint near Nablus
Israeli troops stationed at Howwara checkpoint south of the West Bank city of Nablus arrested a Palestinian child and took him to an unknown location, Thursday at noon.The soldiers said they arrested the boy because they claimed he was in possession of a knife found, when they searched him passing the checkpoint, eyewitnesses said.The name of the child and the destination of his arrest are not known
And that’s just some of the news for 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 Palestine Today brought to you by Pennie Quinton and Ghassan Bannoura.