Thu, 11 Dec 2008 11:13:00 GMT
The Israeli military has raided the West Bank cities of Nablus and Jenin, detaining a number of residents, Palestinian sources say.
Israeli troops invaded downtown Jenin early on Thursday, under a barrage of heavy gunfire. The soldiers were deployed in main streets causing a state of panic among the local habitants, the sources said, IMEMC reported.
In another raid, Israeli soldiers ransacked several Palestinian homes in Nablus city, arresting at least six Palestinian residents from the Ma’adamma village, one of the city’s suburbs.
Witnesses said that a number of Israeli armored vehicles swept into the village late Wednesday, breaking into several houses.
Despite a valid security agreement with the Palestinian National Authority (PNA), the Israeli army regularly makes arrests during overnight operations in West Bank towns.
The PNA said the Israeli raids are in violation of an accord agreed upon in the first phase of the US-backed Road Map peace plan.
According to a recent report released by the Nablus-based International Solidarity Organization for Human Rights, Israel has arrested 330 Palestinians in the West Bank in November.
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