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Israeli forces raid Jenin university dorms

Jan. 3, 2011 6:45 P.M. (Updated: Jan. 4, 2011 2:04 P.M.)
JENIN (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces briefly detained one man after they entered the a university residence in Jenin, telling students they were searching for wanted Palestinians.

Soldiers also erected checkpoints around the city, targeting three Jenin-area villages.

Eight military units entered a dorm housing students from the Arab American University, onlookers estimated, but a security guard said he would not allow soldiers to enter rooms in the female dormitory.

When the soldiers reached the women's dorm, a security guard prevented their access, witnesses said, then detained him for over an hour.

Residents said troops also raided Kafr Ra'i and Fahma villages southwest of Jenin. Further, the army installed two checkpoints - one between Rummana and Zububa villages west of the city and another between Zabda village and the university, locals said.

An army spokeswoman said one new checkpoint had been installed near Zububa, but that it was later removed. She was not immediately familiar with raids in the area but said she would look into it.

No further detentions were reported.
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