Israeli forces arrest 4 Palestinians in West Bank

10:08, April 08, 2010      

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Israeli forces arrested four Palestinians after wounding two of them in the West Bank, witnesses said on Wednesday.

The witnesses said an Israeli patrol entered Bita village near Nablus city and then shot at a group of youths, wounding two of them. The troops detained four people before withdrawing.

It has not been immediately known if the detainees are members affiliated with Palestinian militant groups or civilians. However, raids in the West Bank, accompanied by detentions, are of daily basis.

Tensions have been high in the West Bank since Israel designated two shrines in the area as national Jewish sites last month. Palestinians stepped up their protests since then and they clashed with the Israeli forces.

As peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) hit a deadlock, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah party announced its support to popular struggle to counter the expansion of Jewish settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

Source: Xinhua


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