Israeli soldiers invaded the northern West Bank City of Nablus on Wednesday at dawn and kidnapped several leaders of the leftist Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP).A senior PFLP source stated that the kidnappings took place amidst talks on the release of PFLP Secretary-General Ahmad Saadat as part of a prisoner-swap deal.

Some of the kidnapped leaders were identified as Mousa Salama, 47, Wael Abu Al Sabe’, 45, both from Al Jabal Al Shimaly (The Northern Mountain) area in the city. The army also kidnapped Ziyad Al Salous as he tried to cross a military
roadblock on his way back from Ramallah to Nablus.

Troops further kidnapped Myassar Atyani, 45, a human rights activists and an advocate to the Palestinian detainees, and her brother Abdul-Nasser, 38. Both were kidnapped after the army broke into their homes in Rafidia area, west of Nablus.

Local sources reported that the soldiers also invaded Al Ein refugee camp and kidnapped several young PFLP members. The kidnapped youths were identified as Khalid Suleiman, Mohammad Dahbour, Yousef Rajab and Rabee’ Abu Khalifa.

In Awarta village, south of Nablus, Israeli soldiers broke into the home of Nabeeh Awwad, 47, and kidnapped him.

The army invaded the village at 2 after midnight and broke into the home of Awwad and kidnapped him after violently searching his home. He is considered a PFLP supporter.

According to the Israeli Radio, soldiers located pistols and ammunition in one of the homes in Nablus and kidnapped the owner.

The invasion was mainly focused in Al Jabal Al Shimaly area, Rafidia, and Al Ein Refugee camp.