The Israeli army continued its invasion of the West Bank city of Nablus and arrested more Palestinian residents of the city on Wednesday morning.

Soldiers stormed scores of homes and apartment buildings in the city, searching the homes and residents, as well as using rooftops as military observation posts.

The Army arrested Hussam Meql’e and Nidal Amira, during the searches.  Soldiers handcuffed the two men and hit them in public before taking them to an unknown destination, eyewitnesses said.

A local source reported that a number of women were also arrested — apparently family members of men "wanted" by the Israeli military.  The military has previously been condemned by human rights groups for using the internationally condemned practice of "baiting" — ie. arresting the wife, sister or mother of a "wanted" man to use as "bait" to lure the wanted man to turn himself in.  This practice is considered collective punishment, and is banned by the Fourth Geneva Convention, of which Israel is a signatory.