The attacks began in the early hours of Thursday morning when Israeli troops invaded Nablus’ old city and central areas of the city. Rafidiya Surgical Hospital and local government buildings were besieged and more than 30 houses were stormed and used as military posts and observation towers, terrorizing their civilian inhabitants.
Israeli forces also blew up an electricity transformer supplying power to central Nablus leading to power outages. Some 30 Palestinians were also kidnapped during the invasion.
Dr. Barghouthi, who was Minister of Information of the dismissed national unity government, ridiculed Olmert’s ‘goodwill gesture’ to release 250 prisoners at the Sharm El Sheikh meeting last Monday when it arrests more than 90 people in 1 day, and an average of 200 Palestinians per month, describing it as a mockery the offer.