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Israeli forces withdraw from Beit Fajjar after carrying out widespread raids

July 16, 2008 10:04 A.M. (Updated: July 16, 2008 10:04 A.M.)
Bethlehem- Ma'an- Israeli forces withdrew from the town of Beit Fajjar south of Bethlehem on Tuesday evening after storming it at dawn, detaining four.

A large number of Israeli military vehicles stormed the town from all directions and closed all entrances to the town by blocking streets with piles of earth and rocks. Forces then imposed a curfew.

Ma'an's reporter stated that Israeli forces occupied several buildings, including the former headquarters of the municipality.

The four men detained were Thaer Taqatqa, Hussein Jum'a, 'Alaa Taqatqa and 'Alaa Thawabta.

Secretary of Fatah Mohammad Shukri Amin in Beit Fajjar said that Israeli forces stormed the evacuated headquarters of Fatah as well as his home. Soldiers searched the home for four and a half hours.

According to local sources Israeli soldiers rounded up dozens of youth, and corralled them into the center of town. The men were held there until the troops left the city.

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