Israeli soldiers kidnapped, on Wednesday at dawn, twelve Palestinians in several parts of the West Bank, local sources reported.Soldiers invaded several cities, towns, villages and refugee camps in different parts of the West Bank, broke into and searched dozens of homes, and kidnapped the twelve residents.
Soldiers also forced the residents out of their homes, and interrogated several youths.
The latest invasions were mainly conducted in the West Bank districts of Nablus, Qalqilia, Ramallah, Bethlehem and Hebron.
On Tuesday, soldiers invaded several areas in the occupied West Bank and kidnapped sixteen Palestinians, including four teenagers.
On Monday, Amjad An-Najjar, head of the Hebron branch of the Palestinian Prisoner
Society (PPS), reported that Israeli soldiers kidnapped more than 200 residents in the Hebron district, in January and February of this year.
By Hossam Ezzedine – RAMALLAH
Israeli troops raided two Palestinian television stations in the West Bank city of Ramallah overnight, seizing computers and broadcasting equipment, employees said on Wednesday.
The Israeli military confirmed the raids, saying the stations targeted had been broadcasting illegally, a charge rejected by the Palestinian telecommunications minister.
The two stations affected were Watan Television, a local private station, and Quds Educational Television, affiliated with the Palestinian Al-Quds University.
“They came at 2:00 am (0000 GMT) and took around 30 computers and all the transmitters. The station is totally shut down,” Watan’s editor in chief, Ali Daraghmeh, said.
RAMALLAH, West Bank — Egypt has agreed to help ease Gaza’s chronic power shortages as part of a three-stage plan that would eventually hook up the isolated territory to the regional grid, a Palestinian energy official said Monday.
Such a deal would represent a major leap in Cairo’s involvement in Hamas-ruled Gaza, and another step away from Egyptian cooperation with the Israeli blockade imposed after the militant group’s 2007 takeover.
Gaza has suffered frequent blackouts and fuel shortages since the blockade was imposed. Rolling power cuts intensified last week when Gaza’s only power plant shut down because of a growing shortage in black market fuel reaching the territory through underground tunnels.
Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak had sided with Israel in enforcing the Gaza blockade, trying to isolate the Islamists on his doorstep. However, since taking over last year, Egypt’s new rulers have eased Gaza’s isolation.
The Gaza energy deal, outlined by Palestinian officials on Monday, was struck between Egypt and the West Bank-based Palestinian Authority of President Mahmoud Abbas, a longtime Hamas rival. An Egyptian intelligence official said Hamas was also involved in the contacts.
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