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News Flashes from the Occupied Territories 19 December 2005

With the courtesy of IMEMC and WAFA
Monday December 19 2005
Katerina Heller

Army invades Nablus, two residents arrested, one injured
IMEMC & Agencies - Monday, 19 December 2005, 13:16

The Israeli army invaded, on Monday at dawn, Balata Refugee Camp in the West Bank city of Nablus. Two residents were arrested and one child was injured.

Troops invaded the camp and conducted house-to-house searches. Soldiers unleashed a police dog on a family in their house; the dog attacked Waleed Abu Dahouq, 12, causing him injures in the abdomen, left leg and right arm, eyewitnesses reported.

The boy was moved to Raffidia Hospital, where he was admitted for his injures in the orthopedic wing, the source added.

Soldiers also arrested two residents from the camp during the invasion, and took them to an unknown destination, while their names are still unknown.


Two arrested in AL Yamon village west of Jenin
IMEMC & Agencies - Monday, 19 December 2005, 13:14

Israeli troops invaded, on Monday at dawn, the village of AL Yamon, west of the West Bank city of Jenin. Two residents were arrested.

Yousif Saiadiah and his brother, Mohamed, were arrested when soldiers attacked farmer tents around the village and searched them. Both were taken to an unknown destination, local sources reported.

The army also invaded the village and conducted wide-scale searches of the houses there. Live rounds were reportedly shot by soldiers during the invasion, the source added.


Army arrests one resident at Al Hamra checkpoint near Tubass
IMEMC & Agencies - Monday, 19 December 2005, 13:12

The Israeli army arrested, on Monday morning, one resident from the West Bank city of Tubass at a military checkpoint north of the city.

Troops handcuffed and blindfolded the resident and then arrested him and took him to unknown destention; his name remains unknown, local sources reported.


12:10 Physician and Nurse Wounded of Air Strikes

BEIT HANUON, December 19, 2005 (WAFA)- A physician and nurse were wounded Monday of Israeli air strikes on Beit Hannon city, north of the Gaza Strip(GS).

Medical sources said that a physician and a nurse were wounded when Israeli war planes launched a series of air strikes on the (GS). They added that Ziad Taher, physician at Balsam Hospital, was wounded and suffered fraction in foot, in addition to a nurse working at the same hospital.

Security sources told WAFA that eight Israeli missiles dropped on different areas of the northern parts of GS, causing great damages into citizens` houses.


Curfew imposed on the Old City of Hebron
IMEMC & Agncies - Sunday, 18 December 2005, 22:50

Israeli soldiers imposed curfew over the Old City of Hebron, on Sunday morning, and barred the residents from leaving their homes.

Soldiers also barred the residents from reaching the Ibrahimi Mosque and showed extensive presence in the area.

Several roads were blocked in the Old City, and the city of Hebron.


Dror Etkes, PN: Colonies construction during the first half of 2005 was greater than during the same period in 2004.

TEL AVIV, December 18, 2005 (WAFA)- In a study, conducted by Dror Etkes, Settlements Watch Director, Peace Now (Israel), and Lara Friedman, Government Relations Director, Americans for Peace Now, it said that the recent results published by Israeli Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) indicate that the colonies construction during the first half of 2005 was greater than during the same period in 2004.

It added that between January and June 2005, there were 1097 new housing starts, compared to 860 housing starts between January and June 2004 (an increase of 28%), while at the end of June 2004 there were 3984 housing units under construction, while at the end of June 2005 there were 4207 units under construction (an increase of 6%).

The results showed that the current construction in colonies (around 90%) is taking place in the main colonies blocs that located on the western side of the approved route of the Wall. These areas are close to the 1967 borders or Jerusalem.

Peace Now quoted a study, by B`tselem (Israel`s preeminent human rights organization) and Bimkom (a highly respected organization of Israeli planners and architects who believe that planning is essentially a political tool), as saying that `the currently approved route of the Barrier (Wall) leaves fifty-five settlements (colonies), twelve of them in East Jerusalem, separated from the rest of the West Bank and contiguous with the State of Israel`.

`And the map of the route indicates that in most of the cases, the Barrier`s route (Wall) was set hundreds, and even thousands, of meters from the houses at the edge of the colony. The route of the Wall running near each of the twelve coloies discussed in the report more or less follows the borders of the outline development plan for the particular colony, making it impossible to argue there is no connection between the route and the plan. Thus it is clear that contrary to the picture portrayed by the state, the colony-expansion plans played a substantial role in the planning of the Wall`s route,` it added.

Most construction in West Bank settlements (colonies) - past and present - is initiated by the government of Israel. This is in contrast to construction inside the 1967 borders, which is mostly private. In 2004, for example, construction in the West Bank was 66% public versus 34% private, inside Israel construction for that same period was 23% public and 74% private`, the study conluded.

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