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Israeli forces storm heart of Bethlehem in rare daytime raid
Published Thursday 26/12/2013 (updated) 28/12/2013 11:47
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BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces raided the center of the southern West Bank cities of Bethlehem and Beit Jala on Thursday afternoon, detaining four Palestinians under heavy armed escort.

In a rare daytime raid into the heart of Palestinian Authority-controlled areas, Israeli army forces accompanied by special plain-clothes soldiers raided several homes in the center of Bethlehem after passing through the center of nearby Beit Jala.

A Ma'an correspondent said that Israeli forces stormed several homes with police dogs and caused extensive damage to Palestinian private property in order to detain four civilians.

The civilians were identified as Omar al-Harimi, 46, and his son Samy, 21, as well as Abd al-Salam Souman, 45, and his son Muhammad, 14.

The Ma'an correspondent added that Israeli forces had blockaded the neighborhood and declared the area around it a "closed military zone," preventing the entry and exit of local residents amid heavy gunfire.

The correspondent added that Israeli forces also pointed green lasers at journalists and local residents during the raid to prevent their movement.



On Wednesday night, Israeli forces stormed the neighborhood of Wadi Maale, also located near the center of Bethlehem. During that raid, they raid the homes of two Palestinian civilians, Hamzah al-Kamel and Shehadah Muhammad Shehadah and detained them.

Israeli forces also raided a third home, but the unidentified resident fled the house before Israeli forces could detain him or her.

Both Bethlehem and Beit Jala are located in Area A, the less than 20% of the West Bank that is under Palestinian civil and military control according to the Oslo Accords.

The internationally recognized Palestinian territories of which the West Bank and East Jerusalem form a part have been occupied by the Israeli military since 1967.
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1 ) Mel / USA
26/12/2013 20:52
Hmm,did Ma'an's Livestream camera get that on tape too? Nice of the PA to show how well they still collaborate with their 'Roman & Pharisee'occupiers!Merry Christmas Abbas!

2 ) Johnny benson / Usa
26/12/2013 21:57
Mel....what can you expect from Abbas?,,,,,do you expect him to join Hamas ...act as they do...make a wasteland out of the West Bank like gaza?....you are sure happy to fight to the last Arab....why don't you go over there..I am sure you can find a d9 dozer to lay down in front of....or a well fitting suicide vest in your size....

3 ) Brian Mahoney / USA
27/12/2013 01:55
Zionists being funded and armed by the USA is the probem.

The USA funds and arms these zonist criminals who use these assets to practice their terror against Christians and Moslems.


4 ) Jam [fr] / Bon
27/12/2013 02:10
The Oslo Accords don't exist anymore, remember? They were nullified when the nonstate tribal arabs made their 'unilateral' move at the UN --

5 ) gabi / australia
27/12/2013 02:49
Aren't they heroes? Heavily armed, in protective armoured trucks. Bullying, harassing, just because they can. And get a kick out of it too, no doubt. And get applauded by the likes of Johnny benson, Brian Cohen, Tibi, and all those pathetic Israel apologists, who can't see the evil fascist state Israel is. Actually, I don't think they even look. "Israel, my country, right or wrong"?

6 ) @ Mel-1 / USA too
27/12/2013 04:34
It is entirely possible, that the PLO asked Israel to conduct the round-up of militant operatives, from rival factions (Hamas, PRC, etc.), -1- to prevent them from destabilizing the PA regions (Areas A & B), and -2- to prevent them from terrorizing Israeli areas (Israel, Area C & E1, and East Jerusalem), since the PLO would be blamed for any attacks !! However, since both of these reasons are beneficial to PLO interests, they are NOT "collaborating with their 'Roman & Pharisee' occupiers".

7 ) rena / Israel
27/12/2013 08:55
Picture taken shows headlights, meaning the photo has nothing to do with the article.

8 ) Yenta / Bulgaria
27/12/2013 14:15
@ 3 states ''terror against Christians and Moslems''. If the ''civilians were identified as Omar al-Harimi, 46, and his son Samy, 21, as well as Abd al-Salam Souman, 45, and his son Muhammad, 14.'' The question is which are the Islamic names that stand out to you.

9 ) Robert / US
27/12/2013 23:26
#3 Brian , YOU NAILED IT !!! Now its time to shut them down , and make them pay back all those billons/trillons they stole..

10 ) Colin Wright / USA
28/12/2013 11:05
To rena/Israel #7: 'Picture taken shows headlights, meaning the photo has nothing to do with the article.' Your papers set a bad example. There was once an article in Haaretz about Cuban pilots who helped with the airlift from Yemen: the accompanying picture was of a modern crop duster.

11 ) Colin Wright / USA
28/12/2013 11:09
To gabi #5: '...who can't see the evil fascist state Israel is. ' They see it, and they like it -- in fact, for many, this is precisely WHY they like Israel. They're like the fascists in America Hemingway describes in 'For Whom the Bell Tolls.' They're fascists -- they just don't know it yet. Actually, 'Nazis' would be a more precise description; Italian Fascism didn't have a particularly pronounced racist component -- nothing like that of Israel, anyway.

12 ) Colin Wright / USA
28/12/2013 11:11
To Jam #4: 'The Oslo Accords don't exist anymore, remember? They were nullified when...' Whether an accord with Israel is nullified or not is a point of academic interest: Israel never honors any agreement she signs anyway. They're all meaningless: Israel is one of the signatories.

13 ) gabi / australia
29/12/2013 01:41
# 7 - rena - I thought there were pretty heavy snow storms in the area over the Christmas period - maybe that accounts for the headlights being on in daytime - late afternoon perhaps? Anyway, what does it mater if the pictures don't accord with this particular story - that doesn't deny the fact of the raid does it? (Think before you speak . . .) And Colin - #11 - you are right. In fact, the Italian fascists were a pretty nice bunch compared with the Israeli fascists/Nazis of today . . .

14 ) Daniel / France
07/01/2014 04:35
Ma'an again does not mention a single word about the real cause for the raid: The raid was affiliated to the bomb attack on the bus in Bat Yam carried out by four Palestinians from Bethlehem
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