Israeli forces invaded two villages in the northern West Bank district of Jenin, kidnapping eight Palestinians in the early hours of Thursday morning.

Local sources reported that troops in several military vehicles invaded Siliat Al Harthiya, west of Jenin, and carried out a large-scale search operation in civilians' homes. Among the six abducted were Tal'at Shawahna, 21, Fadi Zayoud, 18, and Mohammad Jaradat, 24.

In the town of Jaba'a, south of Jenin, troops kidnapped two Palestinians after attacking their homes. They were identified as Farahat 'Alawna, 25, and Mohammad Ghannam, 22.

All eight were transferred to an unknown detention center.

Following Israeli operations in the area on Wednesday, there have now been 15 Palestinians abducted by the Israeli military form the Jenin area in the last two days.