20 residents were taken prisoner by the Israeli army during an invasion to
Al Fakhari area east of Khan Younis and south of the Gaza strip on
Wednesday morning.

More then 15 tanks and army vehicles along with three military bulldozers stormed the area and opened heavy fire on residents' houses, before taking 20 civilians from Al I'mur and Al Jarghun families to unknown locations.

Palestinian sources reported that soldiers are now are conducting a wide scale house-to-house search campaign in the area and trapping residents in their houses for more than six houses at the time of this report.

Army bulldozers started this morning to uproot scores of olive, palm and lemon trees and bulldoze farm lands that belong to Palestinian farmers in Al Fakhari, the Mayor of Al Fakhari Owdah Al I'mor reported.