Israel arrests six in W Bank raids

The Israeli occupation army has sealed off a Palestinian village and arrested six Palestinians in West Bank raids.

    Israeli troops man checkpoints outside Palestinian areas

    Israeli forces on Sunday imposed a curfew on the Palestinian village of Kufr Kalil south of the West Bank city of Nablus, and no one was allowed to enter or leave, Aljazeera's correspondent in the West Bank reported.

     

    Israeli forces surrounded a house in the village, searching for suspected activists of the al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, the correspondent said.


    Majdi Amir, an alleged local commander of the Brigades, was captured during the operation, according to Palestinian and Israeli security sources.

    Also on Sunday, the Israeli army detained five members of the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas in the southern West Bank.

    The Hamas activists were detained in the village of Dahariya, close to the city of Hebron, an army spokesman said.

    Settlers attack village

    Overnight, heavily armed Jewish settlers stormed the Palestinian village of Bait Furik, attacked a house and destroyed a car.

     

    The settlers attacked the village despite the Israeli military presence and a checkpoint manned by the army at the entrance to the village.


    Even though the Palestinian resistance movements have agreed to a period of calm, Israel has arrested hundreds of their activists or those suspected of being activists in the past month, fearing that Hamas in particular is trying to strengthen itself in the West Bank after the Israeli withdrawal from its Gaza Strip stronghold last month.

    SOURCE: Aljazeera + Agencies


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