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Sixteen Palestinians seized in West Bank

Feb. 18, 2008 11:29 A.M. (Updated: Feb. 18, 2008 11:29 A.M.)
Bethlehem - Ma'an - The Israeli forces on Monday morning apprehended 16 Palestinians in several West Bank districts.

Hebrew sources said the detainees were from the cities of Nablus, Jenin and Ramallah in the West Bank.

Eyewitnesses told our Nablus correspondent that Israeli forces raided the city and seized an employee, 40-year-old Abdul-Hakim Al-Qadah, of the Ministry of Waqf and Religious Affairs.

Local sources in the Palestinian town of Abu Dis in east Jerusalem told Ma'an that Israeli forces stormed the town overnight and ransacked more than ten houses under the guise of searching for "wanted Palestinian activists." They seized three young men, 18-year-old Mahir Badir, 18-year-old Raed Badir and 27-year-old Khalid Bahar.

The sources added that the Israeli soldiers ransacked the home of Yousif Badir whose son Ahmad was arrested last week. After evacuating the rest of the family they detained Ahmad's parents for more than three hours whilst searching the home.

In the city of Tulkarem, the northern West Bank, Ma'an's reporter stated that Israeli forces entered the city and its refugee camp early in the morning and seized three young Palestinian men. During the arrest, the Israeli soldiers attacked the mother of one of the detainees, 50-year-old Salha Bani 'Uda, who was later taken to hospital.

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