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Soldiers in West Bank Village Harass Residents.

JENIN, February 19, 2013 (WAFA) -- Israeli soldiers who took over a house in the West Bank village of Yabad, near Jenin, regularly harass residents, particularly children, local sources told WAFA on Tuesday.

They said the soldiers Tuesday held three children inside the house for several hours and threatened to arrest them before releasing them to their parents. The soldiers claimed the children threw rocks at them.

Yabad mayor Samer Abu Bakr denied to WAFA claims by the Israeli soldiers that they are there to prevent stone-throwing at Jewish settlers' vehicles.

He said the nearest settlement, Mabo Dotan, is more than three kilometers away from the village.

The soldiers occupying the house are causing psychological distress on residents, particularly children, and are limiting freedom of movement, he said.

Meanwhile, two children from al-Araqa village near Jenin were released early Tuesday after being held overnight by an Israeli force for being present near the fence separating their village from the illegal settlement of Shakid.

In Burkin, also near Jenin, residents clashed with Israeli soldiers who set up random checkpoints on the village's main road, Palestinian security sources told WAFA. There were no reports of injuries.

M.S.

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