Israeli forces close Beita, erect checkpoints; Arrests in Azun

21:00 Nov 17 2011 Azun

NABLUS (Ma’an) -- Israeli forces have closed the entrance of Beita village in Nablus and are refusing to allow residents to enter or exit the area, witnesses said late Thursday.

Soldiers erected flying checkpoints in Huwara and the entrance of the Shavei Shomron settlement, and closed the nearby Beit Furrik checkpoint, travelers said.

Israeli forces are also searching cars before allowing them to continue.

The official Palestinian Authority news agency, meanwhile, reported that four Palestinian youths from Azun, a village south of Qalqiliya, were arrested as well as three others from Hebron.

Qusai Saleem, 17, Rashad Shbetah, 13, Ihab Misha’al, 17, and Ibrahim Inayah, 17, from Azun village, east of Qalqilya, were arrested after soldiers raided their homes and forced them out into the cold, Wafa reported.

Meanwhile Haitham Suwwan, head of the Ematein village council, said soldiers raided Ematein village and broke into the houses of two families; Abdel-Rahman Mitani and Abdel-Salam Mitani.

Police dogs caused damage while soldiers ransacked their homes, Suwwan said.
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