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4 guns seized, 20 detained and homes ransacked as Israeli forces storm village

Oct. 3, 2008 2:13 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 3, 2008 2:13 P.M.)
Bethlehem - Ma'an - Israeli forces arrested 20 Palestinians in the village of Al-E'bayat village east Bethlehem, who were alleged to have weapons in their homes. At least 20 homes were raided by Israeli forces at dawn on Friday.

Israeli forces said that they found four hunting weapons and M16 rifles in addition to bullets and two knives during the raid.

Security sources informed Ma'an that approximately 20 military vehicles stormed Al-E'bayat from its Eastern Bethlehem road entrance. Among those detained were 39-year-old Jamal Mohammed Hassan Nabhan and his brother Imad Nabhan, who were taken to an unknown location.

Locals reported soldiers ransacking homes that were searched, and destroying much of their contents. Among the homes ransacked were those of Osama Abayat, Raed Abayat, Mohammed Abayat, Ali Hassan Abayat, Imad Hassan Abayat, Yusuf Hassan Abayat, Khaled Mohammed Abayat, Mohammad Hassan Abayat, Yasser Ali Abayat, Hassan Adnan Abayat and Hassan Moussa Abayat.

Several of the members of teh Abayat family work with Palestinian National security forces.

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