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After Israeli assassination threats two young men submit themselves to Israeli custody

Aug. 15, 2008 10:22 A.M. (Updated: Aug. 15, 2008 10:22 A.M.)
Nablus - Ma'an - Two young Palestinian men turned themselves in to Israeli soldiers on Thursday evening after their families received assassination threats from the Israeli intelligence.

The two men from Nablus went to the Huwwara checkpoint, about five kilometers outside of the city. The checkpoint one of the most notorious in the West Bank and effectively cuts off Nablus from the cities to the south; men often stand in line for hours waiting to pass through, and cars without an Israeli license plate are not allowed to pass.

Wijdan Sarawi, a former Palestinian woman prisoner told Ma'an's reporter that her son 18-year-old Hamzah Sarawi and his friend 18-year-old Imad Darwish turned themselves over to Israeli forces. She explained that Israeli troops stormed her family house in Nablus on Wednesday morning, inspected the house and damaging parts of its interior under the pretext of looking for her son Hamzah, who was not at home.

Sarawi added that Israeli intelligence telephoned the family dozens of times telling them that if Hamzah and his neighbor Imad Darwish do not turn themselves over, an undercover Israeli force would assassinate both of them.

Hamzah will be the second of Sarawi's sons to be detained by Israeli forces. Hamzah's elder brother Sami is serving a five year term in an Israeli detention center.

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