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Israeli Forces ‘Kidnap 18 in West Bank’

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1 Apr 09 | Press TV

The Israeli army kidnapped 18 Palestinians in an operation carried out in different parts of the West Bank, Palestinian sources say.

The operation was carried out on Wednesday morning during dawn hours, the sources said.

Soldiers broke into and searched dozens of homes and interrogated several residents in their homes and the streets before abducting eighteen residents from the West Bank cities of Ramallah, Jenin and Tulkarem, the International Middle East Media Center reported.

The Israeli Army Radio reported that the Palestinians were transferred to interrogation centers in the West Bank.

Carrying out operations overnight to kidnap Palestinians has become a habit of the Israeli army, which defies a security agreement with the Palestinian National Authority.

According to reports, hundreds of Palestinian residents of West Bank cities have been kidnapped over the last two months.

More than 11,500 Palestinians, including women and children, are imprisoned by Israel, suffering under harsh conditions in detention facilities.

The report comes as Israel has stepped up pressure to see the release of an Israeli soldier, Gilad Shalit, captured by Hamas fighters in June 2006.

Shalit was captured in a cross-border operation a day after Israeli forces kidnapped two civilians in Gaza city.


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1 April 2009 at 2:10 pm

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