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Israeli soldiers ransack homes in Nablus
Published Thursday 06/12/2012 (updated) 09/12/2012 00:21
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NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces stormed the West Bank village of Burqa west of Nablus early Thursday and ransacked 36 homes, a Palestinian official said.

Wael Daghlas, a member of the Burqa village council, told Ma'an that hundreds of soldiers were involved in the raid.

Rafat Seif, 48, a resident of the village, told Ma'an that Israeli forces stormed his house at 2 a.m. without warning. Soldiers gathered his family members in one room during the raid, he said.

Seif said Israeli forces ransacked the home and destroyed the contents. He pointed out that his four children did not go to school because they had no clothes to wear.

A Ma'an photographer confirmed the accounts and said Israeli forces also ransacked the house of the Salah family.

Family member Iyad Salah is a long-term prisoner in Israeli jail. The soldiers destroyed his brother's bedroom.

Iyad's 76-year-old mother said "I was awake until 2 a.m., and the Israeli forces came and ransacked the house.

"They said that they came to inspect the house, but they destroyed all the house's content. Even the livestock, they killed one sheep."

Ghassan Daghlas, who monitors settler activity in the northern West Bank, told Ma'an that the raid could be viewed as an Israeli reaction to the UN's acceptance of Palestine as a state.

An Israeli army spokeswoman said soldiers found weapons in some of the homes.

She said soldiers "uncovered knives as well as an air rifle and 16 pistols," a hunting gun, ammunition and "Hamas affiliated items" in the homes.
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1 ) Reader / from Edmonton
06/12/2012 15:08
Now evidence of war crimes and crimes against humanity, the rules have certainly changed. No longer are these Palestinians to be kicked out of their homes and off their land without legal regard. Welcome to the new Palestine.

2 ) Mel / USA
06/12/2012 16:08
O Israel!U're SO immoral.Why?With every war crime U allow your Zionist Govt,&USG,to commit in Palestine,or regionally,you erase your OWN value more.U shame your state,Judaism,culture,humanity MORE,by collusion,& isolate Israel in a bubble of egoism,as tho' you're immune from the world?You were given a gift after WW2.A chance to show your GOODNESS! You chose Zionism as your Swastika?U elevate Palestinian COURAGE,strength,& awesome resistance to your oppression,with every crime U commit.For what?

3 ) Charlie / USA
06/12/2012 16:18
These Israelis are disgusting. Sick, demented, racist people. They are green with envy because they know who the land belongs to.

4 ) Yehuda Solomon / Israel
06/12/2012 16:20
It appears the IDF has committed terrible and totally disproportionate crimes against them even though it must have been acting on information of potential terrorist weaponry possession or terrorist plans. The total chaos and upset they caused the Palestinians was apparently completely unjustified and criminal no matter how much or little was found. If I were the IDF commander I would never have allowed such atrocities. The homes where nothing was found of any consequence but where (cont.)

5 ) Yehuda Solomon / Israel
06/12/2012 16:28
upset and damages/loss of animal life/property happened must be given full apologies and more than enough compensation. I always pay attention to these IDF reports of (what is reported to be) reprehensible military behavior and do my best to find out the facts and constantly condemn such behavior to the appropriate personnel in our government and IDF.

6 ) french citizen / France
06/12/2012 22:01
Yehuda, I think you had better write "IOF' rather than "IDF" because what they do to the Palestinians is not to "defend" Israel - they "occupy" Palestine.

7 ) Colin Wright / USA
07/12/2012 07:12
'An Israeli army spokeswoman said soldiers found weapons in some of the homes.' It's a pity that Israelis are such inveterate liars that all their statements indicate is what they would like people to believe.

8 ) Outsider / EU
07/12/2012 09:21
A knife in a house: whatever next?

9 ) Mel / USA
07/12/2012 15:16
There's NO humanity in it! No justification.It's what IOF call 'Tom &Jerry' games.Persecution by the "4TH LARGEST-MILITARY",rogue nuclear,"most moral army",with no more "purity of arms".It's all 'Black Flag':Degel Shachor(in Hebrew)& part of their 'code'(Tohar Haneshek) of dishonor.Oh Israel! I will say what real IDF say to IOF when they know it's wrong:'Atah MeTachat Degel Shahor"(You are carying out immoral orders).Read'Our Harsh Logic',by Israeli consciencious objectors! Degel Shachor Yeshuv!

10 ) Apostle Stephen / United Kingdom
07/12/2012 15:55
This is a disgrace... and still no reports on mainstream media in the UK.. Not even on Al Jazeerah and RT News! With their new recognition, Palestine cannot be ignored when these attacks on freedom occur... Yet those that control the media still do not want the world to know TRUTH... That this still goes on. The UN Security Council also remain silent... BUT Zionists beware for your time is short for righteousness shall prevail above all for TRUTH is just that and cannot remain dormant.
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