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Two Palestinians Killed, Scores Injured and Kidnapped in West Bank, During Protests Against the Israeli Terrorist Attacks on Gaza Strip

Two Palestinians killed near Ramallah in clashes with Israeli occupation terrorist soldiers

Date: 29 / 12 / 2008  Time:  09:44
Ramallah – Ma’an –

Two protesters were left dead as young Palestinians in the West Bank demonstrating against the violence in Gaza met Israeli occupation terrorist forces patrolling the streets in an attempt to force calm in the area.

A young Palestinian man was killed during Sunday evening clashes with Israeli forces in the central West Bank town of Silwad, east of Ramallah.

Local and medical sources identified the victim as 17-year-old Muhammad Hamid. He was transferred to Ramallah Hospital where medics announced he had sustained three gunshot wounds in his abdomen and chest. He was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Earlier in a separate incident, another young man 20-year-old Arafat Al-Khawaja, was killed and six others were injured. Muhammad Al-Khawaja, also 20-years-old, was hit by a bullet to the head and medical sources in the governmental hospital in Ramallah described his condition as critical.

Israeli occupation terrorist soldiers steal jewelry, money as Palestinian youth kidnapped near Nablus

Date: 29 / 12 / 2008  Time:  09:55
Nablus – Ma’an –

Israeli occupation terrorist soldiers on Monday morning stole the life savings of 47-year-old Mahir Al-Qit as they ransacked his home and arrested his son, 21-year-old Muhammad, in the northern West Bank village of Madama, south of Nablus on Monday.

Mahir al-Qit told Ma’an that "at 2:00 am, Israeli soldiers knocked on my door in the eastern neighborhood of Madama. They detained all our family members, four girls and a boy, Muhammad who studies at An-Najah National University, near the staircase."

"Dozens of soldiers went to the second floor of the house refusing to let me accompany them while they inspect the house,” he added.

Al-Qit said that about one hour later, an intelligence officer told him they wanted to arrest his son Muhammad for interrogation.

After the soldiers left, Al-Qit started checking up on his properties to find out that his wife’s jewelry had been stolen, in addition to 500 ($700) Jordanian Dinars, which he described as his life savings.

Israeli occupation terrorist forces kidnap four Palestinians near Nablus

Date: 29 / 12 / 2008  Time:  09:46
Nablus – Ma’an –

Israeli occupation terrorist forces kidnapped on Monday morning four Palestinian youths in the northern West Bank village of Madama, south of Nablus.

Member of the village’s local council Eyhab Tahsein said that 12 Israeli military vehicles stormed the village at 2:00 am, ransacked several houses and arrested four youths. Israeli forces also entered the Yamen Educational Center and confiscated a computer, the said.

Tahsein named the arrestees as 21-year-old Muhammad Al-Qit, 20-year-old Yasser Nassar, 21-year-old Muhammad Nassar and 22-year-old Kamal Nassar.

Israeli occupation terrorist army attack several protests in the West Bank injuring 55 civilians

Monday December 29, 2008 15:00 by Ghassan Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies

Hundreds of Palestinians protested in several West Bank cities on Monday against the Israeli army attacks on the Gaza strip; Israeli troops attacked those protesting and injured 55 civilians.  

The protests were reported in Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Hebron, and Ramallah. In Jerusalem demonstrations were organized in the old city, and on the main road connecting Jerusalem city and Ramallah city, local youths closed the road in protest.
Israeli army and police attacked the protests and opened fire injuring 50 Palestinians according to medical sources there.  
Meanwhile 5 Palestinian youths, received moderate wounds from Israeli army fire in similar demonstrations organized in the southern west bank city of Hebron.  
Over the weekend the Israeli army killed two Palestinian youths in the central West bank city of Ramallah while protesting against Israeli attacks in Gaza.  
By Monday afternoon the death toll in Gaza stands at 325 killed, with 1,500 injured, among them 200 in critical conditions due to the Israeli ongoing military offensive on the coastal region.

The Israeli occupation terrorist army kidnaps ten Palestinian civilians from several parts in the West Bank

Monday December 29, 2008 11:43 by Ghassan Bannoura - IMEMC News & Agencies

Palestinian sources reported that the Israeli occupation terrorist army attacked several West Bank communities on Monday morning and kidnapped at least 10 Palestinian civilians.  

In Hebron city, in the southern part of the West Bank, Israeli troops attacked several part of the city then kidnapped two local youth, local sources in the city identified the two as Issa Awad, 20, and Yousuf Awad, 21.    
Meanwhile four civilians were kidnapped by Israeli troops during an attack targeting the village of Bil'in located near the central West Bank city of Ramallah. Sources there said that troops invaded the city, searched homes then took the four to unknown locations.    
In addition, four civilians were taken by the Israeli forces during an attack on the village of Madama, near the northern West Bank city of Nablus on Monday morning.

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