The Israeli army kidnapped five civilians during a pre-dawn invasion of the northern West Bank city of Nablus and the nearby Balata refugee camp on Thursday.

A massive Israeli force stormed the city and the refugee camp, searched scores of houses and ransacked them. Before leaving the city troops abducted five men, among them were; Ala Kiali, Samih Al Hohe, and Mohamed Marahiel, 18, all were taken to unknown detention camps.

Local sources stated that resistance fighters from the city targeted the invading army force with home made bombs. The Israeli army reported no injures among its troops that invaded the city.

In the meantime Israeli army radio reported that Israeli troops invaded several West Bank cities and kidnapped at least 15 Palestinian civilians. The radio added that the kidnapping was concentrated in the cities of Nablus, Ramallah and Bethlehem.

The army claim was the usual, that the kidnapped are 'Wanted Palestinians', in the meantime Palestinian sources said that all who taken by the army are civilians. The deffinition of 'Wanted Palestinian' is not clear due to the Israeli authorities' policies of collective punishment and obtainment of 'intelligence' through torture.