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Israeli forces seize 41 Palestinians in the West Bank in largest raids in months

April 9, 2008 10:08 A.M. (Updated: April 9, 2008 10:08 A.M.)
Nablus - Ma'an - Israeli forces seized 41 Palestinians during raids in the West Bank on Wednesday morning, Palestinian witnesses and security forces reported.

Israeli troops detained 25 Palestinians in the city of Nablus in one of the largest arrest raids in months.

Twenty-four of those arrestees were affiliated to Fatah, and one to Hamas, local sources said.

Palestinian security sources told Ma'an's reporter in Nablus that more than 30 Israeli military vehicles stormed Nablus and neighboring Askar refugee camp from the east and west at 2am. Israeli troops raided numerous Palestinian homes before seizing 25 young Palestinian men.

In the village of Shawawra, east of Bethlehem, Israeli forces seized two men who Palestinian security forces say are Islamic Jihad activists.

Separately, Israeli forces seized four Palestinians in the West Bank city of Qalqilia.

Palestinian security sources said that dozens of Israeli military vehicles raided the city and Israeli troops stormed the Al-Quds Open University, the Islamic Club and the Qalqilia public library as well as several mosques in the city.

Israeli forces also seized a 20-year-old Palestinian woman named Su'ad Zraiqat in the town of Taffuh, west of the city of Hebron, witnesses said.

Local sources said the woman was a student at the branch of Al-Quds Open University in Hebron, and the Israeli forces arrested her after ransacking her family home.

Israeli forces also seized nine Palestinians from the northern West Bank village of Saida, north of the city of Tulkarem.

Local sources said that the arrestees were affiliated to Fatah and Islamic Jihad and that one of them was a disabled ex-prisoner.

***Updated at 12:35 Bethlehem time

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