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Army raids homes of prisoners freed in swap deal

Nov. 14, 2011 10:34 A.M. (Updated: Nov. 20, 2011 10:14 A.M.)
QALQILIYA (Ma’an) -- Israeli forces overnight Sunday raided the homes of seven prisoners freed as part of the Oct. 18 prisoner exchange deal between Hamas and Israel, a Ma'an correspondent reported.

Military vehicles entered the northern West Bank city of Qalqiliya overnight Sunday and issued summons to Akram Mansour, Shadi Zayid and Ibrahim Yasin to report to Israeli intelligence.

Mansour, who had been serving a life sentence since August 1979, took part in hunger strikes while in jail to protest prison conditions. He is suffering from brain cancer.

Soldiers also raided the homes of two former prisoners Nael and Fakhri Barghouthi in the central West Bank village of Kubar near Ramallah. The two cousins were also issued summons to report to Israeli intelligence.

Nael Barghouti was 20 when he was detained in April 1978. He was the longest serving Palestinian prisoner in Israeli jails, having spent 33 years behind bars for alleged membership of an armed group.

The Jenin home of former detainee Adnan Zeid al-Kilani was also raided by soldiers, Ma'an's correspondent said.

On Sunday, the Israeli army raided the Ramallah home of former female prisoner Sumud Karaja, 23. Locals said that soldiers issued summons for Karaja to report to Israeli intelligence in the Ofer military base near her village of Saffa.

Karaja was among 27 female detainees released under the terms of the prisoner exchange deal. She had served three years of a 20-year sentence on charges of stabbing an Israeli soldier at the military checkpoint in Qalandiya, near Ramallah.

Israeli forces also raided the home of former female prisoner Latuifa Abu Thiraa late Sunday, a Ma'an reporter said.

An Israeli army spokeswoman said she had no reports of any of the incidents.
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