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Israeli forces detain seven after ransacking a dozen homes across the West Bank

Oct. 12, 2008 9:43 A.M. (Updated: Oct. 12, 2008 9:43 A.M.)
Nablus - Ma'an - Israeli forces on Sunday morning arrested seven Palestinians in the northern West Bank villages of Asira Ash-Shamalia and Jenin, and the southern West Bank city of Al-Khadr.

In Asira Ash-Shamalia local sources reported Israeli forces raiding the village at 2:00am at which point they inspected several homes, damaging contents and frightening children. Forces arrested 26-year-old Sami Al-Birawi, 22-year-old Murad Jamlan, 24-year-old Fadi Shuli and 25-year-old Tahir Asfour.

Similar events occurred in Al-Khadr, south of Bethlehem, where Israeli forces raided the old city at 4:30am. Several homes were ransacked, 18-year-old Mahmoud Ghneim and 18-year-old Younis 'Issa, both in their last year of high school.

In Jenin, Palestinian security sources reported the detention of 23-year-old Usama M'alla who was passing through the Huwwara checkpoint on his way to Ramallah on Saturday night.

Security sources also reported several Israeli military vehicles overrunning the streets of Tubas and At-Taybeh, where the Taybeh Breweries are holding their annual Oktoberfest celebrations, no arrests were reported, though gunfire was heard in the streets.

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