Palestinian security sources and eyewitnesses both report Israeli forces invaded several eastern Bethlehem villages at dawn Wednesday.

Israeli soldiers broke into homes, invasively searched them, and forced dozens of Palestinians to stand outside for hours.

The attack was focused on Janata, east of Bethlehem in the West Bank. A 44 year old man’s home was overrun with soldiers who arrested him. Mustafa was a Municipal Council elections candidate last year running on the Hamas list. Eyewitnesses report that Israeli soldiers blindfolded the man, handcuffed him and took him to an unknown location.

In the nearby town of Idna, Israeli forces arrested a young man, 21 year old Mohammad Khalid Hassan. Several others were detained in Obaideh Village, just to the east of Bethlehem’s Beit Sahour City. All are in unknown locations.