An Israeli military force consists of at least 20 armored vehicles invaded the village of Barta’a near Jenin in the northern West Bank and break into residents homes in the early hours of Friday morning.
Palestinian sources said that troops stayed for four hours in the village during which they fired live ammunition. The Ma’an News Agency reported Tawfiq Qabaha, a member of the village council as saying that troops encircled the town at 1 am, blocking entrances and entering the extended family homes of two residents before ransacking their contents during a search.
As the troops entered the village, Qabaha said, young men threw stones and were greeted with live fire, causing no injuries.
Troops broke into the building of 57-year-old Sa’eed Ahmad Qabaha, forcing the entire extended family who live in the building out, as soldiers thoroughly searched the house leaving behind a serious damage to the property. According to Qabaha the soldiers used search as a pretext to vandalize the property.
A similar event was reported in the home of 35-year-old Mohammad Tawfiq Qabaha, who said his family’s belongings were ransacked.