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Balata gunmen (Archive)
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Balata refugee camp (Archive)
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Palestinian housing minister arrested in Ramallah

Hamas minister apprehended, taken in for questioning. Seven wanted Palestinians arrested across West Bank overnight

An IDF force arrested Friday the Public Works and Housing Minister Abdel Rahman Zidan of the Palestinians' ruling Hamas party in the course of an arrest raid in Ramallah. The minister has been taken in for interrogation.


Seven wanted terrorists were detained by the army Thursday night in the West Bank. Soldiers apprehended wanted terrorists in Ramallah, and two other terrorists in villages nearby. Another two terrorist were arrested in West Bank city of Tulkarm.


IDF forces, operating in the Balata refugee camp in the West Bank city of Nablus Thursday night, killed a young Palestinian and wounded another. IDF sources said that the Palestinian activists were planning an attack against security forces. A car bomb found on the scene was blown up by sappers.


Palestinian sources in Nablus reported Ibrahim Sanakreh, the younger brother of Ala Sanakreh of the al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades, was killed by IDF fire Thursday night. Palestinians claimed that another brother of Sanakreh’s and a number of Palestinian activists were injured in the shooting.


IDF sources said that during a paratrooper operation in the camp, a Palestinian was seen engaged in suspicious activity. The forces opened fire at the suspect and hit him. A short time later, troops noticed another Palestinian holding wires, and again opened fire and hit him.


An inspection of the area revealed that the two Palestinians were involved in preparing a car bomb. Sappers were called to the scene and blew up the car bomb. The IDF estimated that the car was intended to hit security forces operating in the area.


IDF forces continued their operation against the Qassam rocket-launching infrastructure in Beit Hanoun in the Gaza Strip. IDF soldiers had a mosque in the town under siege and exchanged fire throughout the night with about 60 Palestinian gunmen holed up inside the mosque.


Ali Waked contributed to the report


פרסום ראשון: 11.03.06, 07:30
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