On Thursday, Palestinian sources reported that the Israeli army attacked and searched homes in the village of Beita located near the northern West Bank city of Nablus and kidnapped 18 civilians there.

Witnesses said army jeeps and troops stormed the village at dawn, soldiers searched and ransacked a number of village homes, then kidnapped 18 people and took them to unknown locations.

Among those kidnapped were; Ziead Hilal, 40, Mussa Baraham, 20, Iyhab Mustafa, 24, and Taleb Hamaiel, 35.

Sources in the village said that troops kept the village under curfew until late morning.