Thursday, January 29, 2009

Israelis abduct more civilians in the occupied West Bank

Press TV reports: Israeli troops have abducted 8 Palestinian civilians during a raid on a village near the northern West Bank city of Jenin, witnesses say.

The eight Palestinian civilians where kidnapped on Wednesday by Israeli troops in the village of Zboba near Jenin.

Villagers told local media that Israeli troops invaded their village and conducted house to house search for a number of hours. Soldiers forced a curfew on the village and did not allow people to leave their homes, International Middle East Media Center reported.

During the search Israeli soldiers forced families outside their home and ransacked belongs, International Middle East Media Center reported.

Troops left later in the morning taking the eight men to unknown locations.

The Israeli army regularly arrests Palestinians during overnight operations in the West Bank towns despite a valid security agreement with the Palestinian National Authority.

Israel has not halted its arrest of the Palestinians in the West Bank that is controlled by the Palestinian Authority (PA), while it justifies its massacre in the Gaza Strip as fighting against Hamas.

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