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Israeli army withdraws from Tulkarem after ransacking numerous houses and arresting bystanders
by Tulkarem correspondent
Ma`an News Agency, May 30, 2007
Tulkarem - Ma`an - The Israeli forces withdrew from Tulkarem refugee camp in the north west of the occupied West Bank on Tuesday evening after conducting a wide scale military incursion. During the incursion, Israeli soldiers broke into several shops and residential houses in addition to cafés in the refugee camp.
A Palestinian woman, Samirah Ali, aged 45, was injured by gunshot shrapnel in her shoulder and she was taken to Thabit Thabit governmental hospital.
The incursion and search operation concentrated on a café in the centre of the refugee camp, and in the homes of activists affiliated to various Palestinian factions. Among the homes which were broken into were the homes of Mer`i Salama, a Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) activist; Muhammad Qouzah from Islamic Jihad; Ibrahim Anees from Hamas; and Sa`id Al-Mashni from Fatah`s Al-Aqsa Brigades. The Israeli troops failed to arrest any of the targeted people.
The Israeli forces also broke into four other homes in the Al-Hamam and Al-Nadi neighbourhoods of the refugee camp. A number of Palestinian bystanders were arrested and taken to an unknown destination.
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