Several Palestinians Injured As Army Invades Jenin
Thursday January 03, 2013 13:49 by Saed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies
Local sources in Jenin, in the northern part of the occupied West Bank, reported that several Palestinians have been injured by Israeli military fire, on Thursday morning, during clashes that took place after the army invaded the city and surrounded a building apparently in an attempt to assassinate a Palestinian fighter.
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Medical sources reported that at least ten Palestinians were moved to a local hospital suffering mild injuries, while another Palestinian suffered moderate injuries as dozens of youths hurled stones and empty bottles at the invading soldiers.
Dozens of Israeli soldiers driving armored jeeps surrounded a residential building before breaking into it and searching several homes.
Initial reports indicated that the army assassinated a fighter of the Al-Quds Brigades, the armed wing of the Islamic Jihad, but it became clear later on that the fighter managed to escape from the building before the army even reached it.
The soldiers sealed the entire area and prevented the residents from entering or leaving it.
Earlier on Thursday, the army invaded Beit Ummar town, north of the southern West Bank city of Hebron, and kidnapped two residents identified as Nizar Ali Awad, 18, and Rafat Mustafa Awad, 15.
It is worth mentioning that Nizar was shot and injured, a few days ago, by a live round fired by an Israeli soldier, and was kidnapped today while still recovering from his injury.
Also on Thursday, several armored Israeli military vehicles and military bulldozers invaded central Gaza and bulldozed large areas of Palestinian lands.
Local sources reported that the army also fired rounds of live ammunition during the invasion, while military helicopter flew overhead.
Earlier on Wednesday the soldiers kidnapped four Palestinians, former political prisoners, in Beit Ummar, and clashed with local youths leading to several injuries.
On Wednesday evening, soldiers kidnapped three Palestinians from Al-Esawiyya neighborhood, in occupied East Jerusalem, while the Jerusalem District Court extended the remand of two Palestinians who were recently kidnapped by the army, and ordered the release of eleven Palestinians.
The kidnapped Palestinians have been identified as Monir Kayed Mahmoud, Mohammad Jamal Atiyya, and Ayman Awni Atiyya; they were taken prisoner after the soldiers violently broke into their homes and searched them.
The court also decided to keep one Palestinian in custody until this coming Sunday, to undergo further interrogation. He was identified as Rami Othman.
Another resident, identified as Fadi Mahmoud, will remain under interrogation until Friday, while two residents identified as Alaa’ Mahmoud and Khalid Dirbaas were released under bail.