five Palestinian civilians were injured by Israeli army fire during an invasion targeting the village of Beit Omer and Dora near the southern West Bank city of Hebron on Thursday midday.

In Beit Omer Israeli troops invaded the village, and searched a number of homes, soldiers attacked local school boys and beat some of them up, the boys hurled stones at the invading troops, witnesses said.

During the clashes two boys, one man and two women, were injured by the army fire, medical sources said that Jamal Abu Mariya, 14, one of the injured sustained critical wounds after being hit with a live round in his abdomen. Meanwhile doctors said the other four sustained moderate wounds.

Sources in Beit Omer added that two civilians were kidnapped by the Israeli forces during the attack.

Clashes also took place between local school boys and invading troops at the village of Dora when the army attacked the village and searched homes on Thursday, no injures were reported.