The Israeli army invaded the southern West Bank city of Bethlehem and the nearby town of Beit Sahour on Monday at dawn, kidnapping at least eight civilians, including a journalist.At 4:00am on Monday, 10 army vehicles carrying at least 40 soldiers invaded the city of Bethlehem. Troops closed all exits from and entrance to the city. The campaign of abductions started in Dheishah refugee camp located in Bethlehem city, when troops stormed a number of homes and searched them, before kidnapping four civilians.

Among those four were the Palestinian journalist Hassan Abed Al Jawaad, 53. Abed Al Jawaad is a member of the executive committee of the Palestinian Journalist’s Association.

Local sources reported that the others kidnapped from Dheishah refugee camp were ; Nidal Abu Aker, 40, Shuhab Mizher, 33, Mohamed Al Sajadi, 34.

Troops left Bethlehem and invaded the nearby town of Beit Sahour, where troops searched a number of homes and kidnapped Youisf Al Shumali, 44.

Al Doha village, to the west of Bethlehem, was also attacked on Monday. Troops ransacked a number of homes and kidnapped Ayied Hushiah, 36, who works as a teacher in a local school in Bethlehem.

Meanwhile, Ahmad Awad and Audah Al Hurami were taken from their homes, located in the southern suburbs of Bethlehem city.

Translated by: Ghassan Bannoura – IMEMC News