The Israeli army closed the West Bank city of Hebron, in the southern West Bank, putting it under an intensified military siege while soldiers attacked and searched several Palestinian shops and homes in the old city area, on Monday.

Soldiers stationed at the military checkpoints all over the city detained school children, searched them and assaulted some of them, eyewitnesses said.

Meanwhile, troops also targeted some shops in the old city area and homes.  Damage to the residents’ belongings was also reported.