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Israeli occupation forces continue their military campaign against Al-Ain refugee camp, injure two in Gaza, kidnap 29 Palestinians

Israeli forces kidnap nine Palestinians from different areas of the West Bank 

Date: 20 / 09 / 2007 Time: 11:17

Bethlehem – Ma'an – 

Israeli occupation forces on Thursday kidnapped nine Palestinians from different areas of the West Bank.

Israeli sources stated that three were Palestinians from Tulkarem, in the northern West Bank, four in Ramallah, in the centre, one in Nablus, in the north, and one in the southern West Bank city of Hebron.

Israeli occupation army wounds two Palestinians in central Gaza Strip

Thursday September 20, 2007 09:29 by Rami Almeghari - IMEMC & Agencies rami at imemc dot org

The Israeli occupation army shot and wounded at least two Palestinian residents in the al-Buraij refugee camp, located in the central Gaza Strip, Palestinian medical sources have reported.

The medics added that the residents were shot by Israeli warplanes that had supported an earlier Israeli invasion of the area.

Witnesses said that a column of Israeli tanks, supported by Israeli warplanes, invaded the eastern part of the refugee camp on Thursday night, firing heavily on homes in the area.

Meanwhile, an Israeli special unit force infiltrated Shoaka village, located at the eastern tip of Rafah city, kidnapping at least 20 residents.

Today's events come one day after the Israeli government declared the Gaza Strip 'an enemy entity', and announced that it would consider cutting electricity and fuel supplies to the region.

Israeli occupation military operation in el-Ain refugee camp continues into third day 

Thursday September 20, 2007 10:09 by Ameen Abu Warda - 1 of International Middle East Media Center - IMEMC Editorial Group nisreen at imemc dot org

The Israeli occupation army continued its wide-scale military campaign in the el-Ain refugee camp, located west of the West Bank city of Nablus, for the third consecutive day, tightening the siege on the residents.

Eyewitnesses reported that further Israeli reinforcements have arrived in the area, banning media or medical crews from entering the camp, and continuing the search of homes in the camp’s vicinity.

Israeli media sources reported that 20 Palestinians, thought to be members of Hamas and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, have been kidnapped by Israeli forces.

The siege on the camp remains ongoing with Israeli military vehicles guarding all entrances and exits to the camp.

The Medical committees have reported that they have been denied access to injured residents of the camp, adding that one member of staff has been injured by Israeli gunfire.

The Beit Iba checkpoint was closed for one hour after Israeli forces stationed at the post abducted one Palestinian in possession of an el-Ain refugee camp identity card.

In related news, civil society organizations based in Nablus will on Thursday protest against the ongoing Israeli attack. The demonstration is scheduled for 11:00am local time.

Translated by Nisreen Qumsieh - IMEMC News

PFLP denies its fighters were seized by Israeli forces in Al-'Ain 

Date: 20 / 09 / 2007 Time: 11:01

Nablus – Ma'an – 

The military wing of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), the Abu Ali Mustafa Brigades, denied that Israeli occupation forces seized activists during the ongoing military operation in Al-'Ain refugee camp, in the northern West Bank city of Nablus.

Spokesperson of the brigades told Ma'an on Thursday, "What the Israeli army announced about seizing activists is groundless."

He added that the Israelis spread lies in order to break the spirit of Palestinian fighters.

Israel announced that twenty Palestinian gunmen were apprehended in Al-'Ain refugee camp including activists from the Abu Ali Mustafa Brigades.

Food packages

Palestinian sources told Ma'an that the Israeli forces informed the Palestinian Authority that food and medicine will be allowed to enter the refugee camp from Thursday.

There has been a shortage in these basic materials as the Israeli operation has been ongoing for three days during Ramadan.

Trucks loaded with food and medical supplies have begun to enter Al-'Ain, which has been divided into three areas to make the distribution of packages easier.

Palestinian teenage, Mahmoud Al-Kafafi, crushed by invading Israeli bulldozer in eastern Gaza

Date: 20 / 09 / 2007 Time: 09:47

Gaza – Ma'an – 

A Palestinian youth was crushed on Thursday morning by an invading Israeli bulldozer east of Al-Bureij refugee camp, in the central Gaza Strip.

The corpse of seventeen-year-old Mahmoud Al-Kafafi has been transferred to Al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital in Dair al Balah, in central Gaza.

Under fire

Two other Palestinians were injured when Israeli helicopters opened fire at Palestinian citizens east of Al-Buraij, Palestinian medical sources reported.

Director of the ambulance and emergency department in the Palestinian ministry of health, Dr. Muawiya Hassanein, said that the injuries were serious.

One Palestinian was transferred to a clinic in An Nusairat refugee camp and the other was sent to Al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital.

The two Palestinians are in a critical condition.

Twin incursions

Israeli occupation military vehicles and undercover forces penetrated the area east of Al-Buraij refugee camp, under cover of fighter jets and helicopters.

Another undercover force entered the Shweika neighbourhood, southern Rafah, simultaneously with the incursion into eastern Al-Buraij.

The Israeli forces in Rafah kidnapped twenty Palestinians.



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