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Israeli army targets Islamic Jihad in Jenin raids

May 31, 2011 10:25 A.M. (Updated: June 1, 2011 5:14 P.M.)
JENIN (Ma'an) – Israeli forces detained 12 Islamic Jihad supporters overnight Sunday during raids on six villages around Jenin in the northern West Bank, Palestinian security sources said.

The Israeli military said 12 "senior activists" in the movement were detained in a joint operation with the Israel security forces, coordinated with Israel's Civil Administration in the West Bank.

The army said the detainees were "suspected of providing guidance in planning terror activities as well as transferring finances and taking an active part in the rebuilding of terror networks in the region."

Palestinian security officials said Arraba, Kafr Ra'i, Jaba, Az-Zababida, Anin and Silat Al-Harithiya villages were raided between 3 a.m. and 4.30 a.m.

The officials said Israeli forces also stormed Kufeirit, west of Jenin, and erected a checkpoint in the center of the village ransacking several homes. No detentions were reported.

Locals told Ma'an that an Israeli reconnaissance plane had been flying over the West Bank city since 11 p.m. on Sunday.

Islamic Jihad said Israeli soldiers tried to detain the movement's leader Khadir Adnan overnight, but he was not home at the time of the raid.

Palestinian security officials said Israeli forces sealed off a charitable society known as "The Muslim girl," run by Muna Qi'dan who was detained in Arraba. They said soldiers broke the main gate and confiscated the society's documents and computers.

Qi'dan is a lecturer at Al-Quds University in Jenin and has been detained several times by Israeli forces.

The Israeli military said Qi'dan's association, also known as El Bara'a, or Honesty, was closed and its property was taken because of "its associations with the Palestinian Islamic Jihad and the Gaza-based organization 'The Soul of Jerusalem.'"

The organization, Muhajt Al-Quds -- or "The heart of Jerusalem" -- supports the families of Islamic Jihad supporters detained by Israel.

The army said the group was "illegal" and operated "to harm the security of Israel's citizens and security forces."

Meanwhile, Palestinian security sources said soldiers ransacked the offices of the Palestinian People's Party and offices of the Islamic Relief Society as well as several other offices in the Al Bureiki building in the center of Jenin.

Sources identified those detained overnight as Muhammad Mardawi, Saja Shibani and Muna Qi'dan from Arraba, Bilal Thiab and Majdi Ibrahim from Kafr Ra'i, and Ibrahim As'ad and Murad Malaysha from Jaba.

Taha Sharqawi was detained in Az-Zababida, Jamal Yousif from Anin and Fadi Ahmad Zayyoud from Silat Al-Harithya, sources added.

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