A large Israeli military force invaded Bethlehem are and arrested a Palestinian security officer on Tuesday evening, local sources reported.
Eyewitnesses said at least ten military vehicles invaded the village of Irtas south of Bethlehem and closed all the entrances to the village.
After one hour and a half of intensive search of residents houses, troops arrested Mahmoud Shaheen, 27 and took him to unknown location after handcuffing blindfolding him.
Shaheen is an officer at the "Preventive Security" force, the first security force established shortly before the late Palestinian President Yasser Arafat returned to Gaza in 1994.
An Israeli military spokesperson said Shaheen is on the Israeli army’s wanted list and is a member of Al-Aqsa Brigade, the armed wing of Fatah. The spokesperson added that the man is involved in planning attacks against Israeli targets.