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19 Palestinians taken by Israeli forces during overnight raids

Oct. 7, 2008 10:14 A.M. (Updated: Oct. 7, 2008 10:14 A.M.)
Bethlehem - Ma'an - Israeli forces seized 19 Palestinians during overnight raids in the West Bank cities of Tulkarem, Qalqilya, Hebron and Bethlehem, the Israeli military said on Tuesday morning.

Bethlehem

Five were taken from Bethlehem. Palestinian security sources identified the detainees as: 18-year-old Mohammad Zawahrah, 20-year-old Mohammad Sajadi, 18-year-old Adham Al-Eiwi and 18-year-old Mohannad Al-Humouz, all from Ad-Duheisha Refugee Camp and the neighboring town of Ad-Doha. In the village of Al-Khadr, 21-year-old Nidal Sbeih was arrested.

Security sources also said that Israeli forces assaulted Ashraf Az-Zghari and Ahmad Sajadi while holding them briefly in custody. Sajadi was then transferred to the Beit Jala public hospital for treatment.

Hebron

In the city of Hebron, in the southern West Bank, Israeli forces seized three people, including a policeman and a university student.

Witnesses told Ma'an that Israeli soldiers stormed the house of 35-year-old policeman Ahmad Abu-Hussein, destroyed his property and beat him before detaining him.

Israeli forces also detained 21-year-old student Sa'ed Mohammad Salhab after raiding his house.

Hebron resident Anwar Rweished said that an Israeli force surrounded house of his 25-year-old son, Hani, searched the house, and then seized him.

Tulkarem

The Israeli army detained 32-year-old Arcylin Ahmad Sawalha from her house located in the village of Dhinnaba east of the city of Tulkarem, in the northern West Bank. Israeli soldiers invaded Dhinnaba and surrounded Sawalha's house before arresting her.

Sawalha works as an accountant in at a charity called Bayareq Al-Ata in Tulkarem. She is sister of an Islamic Jihad leader in Jenin.

Israeli forces also detained 23-year-old Mus'ab Ibrahim and 26-year-old Ala' Moussa from Izbat Shufa, in southwest of Tulkarem after raiding their houses and destroying property.

***Updateds at 11:26am
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