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Israeli forces invade West Bank village, occupy Palestinian houses

March 14, 2008 12:17 P.M. (Updated: March 14, 2008 12:17 P.M.)
Bethlehem - Ma'an - Israeli forces stormed the town of Tuqu, south of the West Bank city of Bethlehem, occupied several houses on Friday morning.

Witnesses said that six Israeli military vehicles and a number of infantry soldiers entered the neighborhood near the municipal government building. Soldiers took up positions on the roofs of houses, including a house belonging to resident Jamil Al-Amour.

While on top of the houses, Israeli soldiers blew up residential water tanks, witnesses said.

Stone-throwing Palestinian youths confronted the soldiers, who fired rubber-coated metal bullets.

Israeli troops also prevented worshippers from attending prayer services at local mosques.

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