Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Centre, www.imemc.org, for Tuesday March 25th, 2008.
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The Israeli army invaded several parts of the West Bank on Tuesday and kidnapped at least 14 Palestinian civilians. Five of those kidnapped were taken from the West Bank city of Hebron and nearby villages where the army also attacked two Palestinian radio stations.
Israeli forces attacked the offices of Al Huriya (freedom) and Siraj Radio stations located in the city of Hebron, shutting the stations down. Witnesses said that troops searched and ransacked the two offices then took computers and broadcasting equipment.
Ahmad Sonokrot, a radio technician from Siraj Radio was kidnapped by Israeli troops during the attack. Both Siraj and Al Huriya radio stations operate under license from the Palestinian Authority.
On Tuesday midday, the Israeli army invaded the village of Beit Kahil located north west of the southern West Bank city of Hebron, kidnapping a school boy.
Witnesses stated that four army vehicles stormed the village on Tuesday midday, soldiers then provoked the local schoolboys while they were leaving school by firing sound bombs and tear gas, school boys responded by hurling stones at the invading forces.
Israeli soldiers then chased the school boys and kidnapped Wajdi Al Zuhur, 12 years old, and took him to unknown detention camp. Another kidnapping was reported during military operations in the cities of Nablus, Jenin and Bethlehem.
Israeli media sources reported that an Israeli army officer was lightly injured on Tuesday during a military training exercise in an army base located in southern Israel. Israeli Media reported that an explosive device exploded near the officer, lightly injuring him, the officer was moved to a nearby military hospital for treatment.
Today in Gaza, Palestinian resistance groups fired homemade shells at Israeli military posts located at the southern Gaza-Israel border, the Israeli army reported damage to property but no injures. Palestinian resistance groups announced that the attack comes as a response to the Israeli attacks against Palestinians in both the West Bank and Gaza.
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