[News] Israeli forces invade Nablus for two days running

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Mon Feb 26 14:39:12 EST 2007

Israeli forces invade Nablus for two days running: curfew, attacks on 
media, schools closed


(Nablus) Amin Abu Wardeh
Monday, 26 February 2007

For the second consecutive day Israeli forces are invading the 
northern West Bank's Nablus with continued raids and attacks on 
residents and their homes. The Israelis killed a 41 year old man and 
injured his son.

Eyewitnesses said that Israeli forces were firing at homes in order 
to warn residents against aiding members of the armed resistance. The 
Red Crescent reports that Israeli forces would not allow its crews in 
to assist the injured.

The Director of the Union of Palestinian Medical Relief Committees, 
Dr. Ghassan Hamdan, reports that Israeli forces are restricting 
movement throughout the region, particularly when trying to bring 
food and medical supplies to residents.

Universities, schools and kindergartens have been closed since Sunday 
morning. The Director of Education cited the Israeli-imposed curfew, 
and told PNN that Israeli forces are "shelling anything that moves."

Israeli forces stormed the Sanabil TV studios, confiscated its 
contents and arrested the owner on Monday. That station has been the 
target of numerous attacks in the past, with Israeli forces accusing 
it of having links to Fateh's armed resistance wing, Al Aqsa 
Brigades. The Palestinian Journalists Union issued a condemnation 
last night against Israeli attacks on journalists.

During yesterday's invasion, Israeli forces overtook the radio waves 
and made announcements warning residents against coming to the Old 
City or putting their lives in mortal danger due to an ongoing 
Israeli military operation. The Israelis also declared curfew 
throughout the city and overtook a number of tall buildings for 
sniper and observation posts.

This morning Israeli forces surrounded two buildings and open heavy 
fire with bulldozers waiting. Soldiers shouted for all residents to 
surrender themselves. An Israeli military spokesperson says the 
invasion is against those on its "wanted" list.  Israeli forces 
arrested 16 Palestinians from throughout the city and took them to 
unknown locations at dawn this morning.

Members of the armed resistance issued a statement Monday pointing 
out that the armed resistance is merely an excuse, as is the notion 
of "security."  Israeli invasions do not stop, whether or not they 
resist, and land confiscation and destruction, including of Al Aqsa 
Mosque, continues when there is no resistance at all. Therefore, the 
statement read, the armed resistance will do what it can to ward off attacks.

The bulldozers destroyed a home in the Old City this morning under 
the pretext that a "wanted" man was there. Nablus' Old City is one of 
the most ancient in the world and is severely damaged after years of assaults.

Palestinian security sources report Monday that dozens of houses in 
the Old City neighborhoods of Yasmina, Aqaba and others are being 
targeted. Israeli soldiers are forcing residents to gather in a 
single room in each of the  houses and are holding the families at 
gunpoint. No one is allowed to move.

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