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Israeli detains journalist in Nablus overnight

01:00 Dec 28 2011 Nablus and Awarta

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NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces detained a journalist from his Nablus home early Wednesday, one of at least 12 Palestinians seized in overnight raids across the West Bank.

Amin Abu Wardeh, 46, was seized shortly after 1 a.m. when forces stormed his house in the northern West Bank city, his wife told Ma'an.

The soliders moved his wife and children to a separate room before questioning and detaining Abu Wardeh, who works for the Palestinian News Network and a number of Gulf newspapers, she said.

Palestinian media freedom group MADA slammed the arrest, saying it "stands in direct contravention to Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which guarantees the right to freedom of opinion and expression."

Mauyyad Jameel Sharrab, 35, was also seized by troops from Awarta village south of Nablus in the early hours of Wednesday.

An Israeli army spokesman said the two were among 12 Palestinians detained across the West Bank overnight, without elaborating. In the southern West Bank, two men detained from Hebron were found to possess several weapons, he added.
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