Sunday, February 25, 2007
Israeli forces invade and impose curfew on Nablus
"Nablus - Ma'an - Israeli occupation forces initiated a huge operation in Nablus, in the occupied Palestinian West Bank, considered to be the biggest operation there in two years. Ma'an's correspondent reported that more than 60 Israeli military vehicles and several bulldozers entered the city and imposed curfew.
Palestinian security sources told Ma'an that a large force participated in the incursion, focused on the old city, particularly Al Yasameen neighborhood, where dozens of Israeli soldiers were deployed in the streets. The city resembles something like a military camp, the sources said.
In an unprecedented step the Israeli forces infiltrated the airwaves of the radio stations, seeking to provoke Palestinian resistance. The soldiers distributed lists of 'wanted' Palestinians in the city and arrested six citizens, four of whom are relatives and two are brothers. The arrests took place in Rafidia, west of the city, and followed the besieging of one of the houses.
Ma'an's correspondent reported that the Israelis announced the curfew through the local radio station of An Najah University and warned the citizens against breaking it. The Israeli forces commanded Palestinians to stay home and to keep away from banks and public departments and institutions.
The announcement also said that the curfew will be imposed for no specific time period and that they will be allowed only during specific times to be supplied with food. Citizens expect that the curfew may last for a long time.
The education directorate announced that teaching in the schools will be suspended for the coming period due to the curfew......"
And where is the mirage of Palestinian "government?" Where are the Palestinian "security forces?" Where is Abbas and his "Presidential Guard" armed and trained by the U.S.?
Hamas issued a "tough" declaration "placing the responsibility on Israel's shoulders" (whatever that means) and decrying Arab and world silence.
Back to the unity celebrations, now!