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Israeli forces seize 18 Palestinians during early morning raids in the West Bank

April 2, 2008 10:44 A.M. (Updated: April 2, 2008 10:44 A.M.)
Bethlehem - Ma'an - Israeli forces seized 18 Palestinians during arrest raids across the West Bank on Wednesday morning, Israeli and Palestinian sources reported.

According to Israeli sources, 17 of the arrestees were from Nablus and Tulkarem in the northern West Bank, and one from Ramallah.

Palestinian security sources told Ma'an that Israeli forces raided Nablus and nearby Askar refugee camp, forcibly searching several houses before detaining two young men.

The same sources added Israeli forces seized a young Palestinian man at the Huwwara checkpoint, at the southern entrance to Nablus, on Tuesday evening. Israeli soldiers at the checkpoint claimed the man was in possession of a homemade bomb. Witnesses said the troops closed the checkpoint, blocking traffic in both directions, for more than an hour.
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