Palestinian sources reported on Wednesday that Israeli soldiers abducted, after midnight, Muhammad Odeh, an owner of construction materials store, and requested Hammudeh Siyam, a shopkeeper to head to the nearest police station for questioning. Both are residents from the village of Silwan in the old city of Jerusalem.Jawad Siyam, head of a Palestinian Information Center, stated that he is concerned that the army is targeting shopkeepers to interrogate them about clashes and confrontations in Silwan, to put pressure on them to cooperate with the Israeli Authorities to provide the names of the participants in protests.

He pointed out that Israeli army had attacked Hammudeh Siyam two days ago.

Information released by Palestinian information Center indicated that the Israeli army kidnapped and interrogated thirty-three Palestinian children last October. All were 10 to 14 years old, and later confined them to house arrest.

Soldiers threatened the parents of the children with harsh punishments if children ‘keep throwing stones at settlers and soldiers’.

The Center reported high tension in Hilweh valley after Israel resumed the excavations in the center of the town, and expanded the work to other areas.