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Monday, March 17, 2008

"Israeli army invade Nablus and occupy house," International Solidarity Movement, March 17, 2008.

At approximately 8:30am on Sunday morning Israeli army forces again invaded the northern West Bank city of Nablus. Israeli soldiers surrounded an apartment building in Al Ein refugee camp, before occupying an empty apartment on the top floor. Nearby residents advised that the soldiers occupied the apartment for approximately three hours, before withdrawing. Ayam, who lives on the bottom floor, reports that this happens so regularly now that they have become accustomed to it. It is common, she informs, for soldiers enter the building without harrassing the residents, but recounts an invasion four months ago where Israeli soldiers forced twenty of the occupants into one apartment and kept them imprisoned there for three days.

This is the third time in the past three weeks that the refugee camp has been subject to a large-scale invasion; the last invasion occurring just five days ago. Home invasions and occupations have become a regular feature of the invasions, with one family reporting soldiers occupied the lower floor of their home for four days.

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