Israeli soldiers raid 6 mosques in West Bank

Nablus is governed by President Mahmoud Abbas's Palestinian Authority, but the Israeli army mounts frequent raids into the city.

Israeli soldiers raid 6 mosques in West Bank

Israeli troops raided the city hall of the West Bank town of Nablus on Wednesday, causing damage and seizing computers, Palestinian officials said.

The troops also raided six mosques and confiscated three buses from an Islamic school in town, the officials said.

Nablus is governed by President Mahmoud Abbas's Palestinian Authority, but the Israeli army mounts frequent raids into the city.

Acting Nablus mayor, Hafez Shahin, said: "The municipality is a service institution. I see no reason to raid the place. I see it as an attack on the Palestinian Authority."

Nablus stores and businesses announced a general strike in protest against the raid.

Israel has stepped up raids against civilian organisations in the occupied West Bank which it claims are linked to Hamas.

On Tuesday, Israeli forces raided a popular shopping mall in Nablus, ordering its closure for two years over its owner's alleged links to the Hamas.

Reuters

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