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Witness: Israeli forces raid Bethlehem, detain elderly man, son

March 14, 2010 11:24 A.M. (Updated: March 17, 2010 9:31 P.M.)
Bethlehem – Ma'an – Israeli forces raided the Duheisha refugee camp south of Bethlehem and other neighborhoods of the city, detained an elderly man and his son, causing damage to Palestinian properties, locals said.

Locals told Ma'an that Israeli troops detained Muhammad Hammad, 60, and his son 30, as hostages until Hammad's other son, Hamza, turns himself in to Israeli security services.

In the Duheisha refugee camp, Israeli military vehicles struck and destroyed two cars belonging to the Mufti of Bethlehem Sheikh Abdul-Majid Ata Amarneh and his brother Mahmoud.

Mahmoud Amarneh told Ma’an that Israeli military vehicles deliberately hit the Mufti’s car which was parked near the house, pushing it until it was crushed against a second car.

In the same regard, Israeli forces stormed Wadi Shahin and Hindaza neighborhoods southeast Bethlehem and ransacked several Palestinian homes, witnesses said.

The soldiers distributed summons orders to people wanted for questioning by Israeli intelligence office in Etzion for interrogation. Among those who were summoned was Nidal ‘Ubayyat, a former Palestinian prisoner who served ten years in Israel custody and was released less than a month ago. Ibrahim Muhammad ‘Ubayyat was also summoned for interrogation.

An Israeli military spokesman said he would look into the incidents.

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