Israeli soldiers kidnapped, on Wednesday morning, ten Palestinians, including children in the southern West Bank city of Hebron, and the northern West Bank districts of Qalqilia and Jenin. The army broke into and searched several homes after forcing the residents out.The army invaded Beit Ummar town, kidnapped two children, and fired rubber-coated bullets and gas bombs at dozens of youths who hurled stones at them after they kidnapped the children; several injuries were reported.
Mohammad Awad, spokesperson of the Popular Committee Against Settlements In Beit Ummar, reported that the army invaded the home of Ahmad Abu Hashem, and kidnapped his son Hamza, 14, the Palestinian News & Info Agency (WAFA) reported.
Hamza was cuffed, blindfolded and was moved to a military camp in Karmie Tzur illegal settlement, built on Palestinian lands.
The army also attacked the father and forced him and his family, including a one-year old infant and his mom, out of their home while the soldiers searched it.
Also in Beit Ummar, the army invaded the home of Ibrahim Sabri, and violently searched the property before kidnapping his son Sabri, 17. Sabri, a former political prisoner; he was moved to the Gush Etzion military base.
The army also invaded the home of Jamil Masharqa, and informed him that his son, Khaldoun, 21, is required to head to Etzion for interrogation.
Dozens of youths hurled stones and empty bottles at the invading soldiers, and the army fired rounds of live ammunition, gas bombs, concussion grenades, and rubber-coated metal bullets.
Eyewitnesses reported that the army also used a new type of grenades that explode and disperse a dark-colored liquid that has a very bad smell that also affects the skin and the eyes.
Also on Wednesday, the army invaded Beit Awwa town, west of Hebron, broke into and searched several homes and kidnapped three residents.
WAFA said that the three kidnapped residents were identified as Moath As-Sweity, 21, Mohammad Mallouh, 18, and Yisri Motawe’, 23.
Furthermore, soldiers kidnapped one resident, identified as Mohammad Jaradat, from Sielet Al-Harithiyya village, near the northern West Bank city of Jenin.
Two more residents were also kidnapped in Azzoun village near Qalqilia, also in the northern part of the West Bank.
Israeli media sources reported that three Molotov cocktails were hurled at a military base south of Bethlehem; no injuries were reported. The army initiated a search campaign in the area.
In related news, soldiers invaded Um Rokba village, in the Bethlehem district, and took photographs of all homes that are close to an illegal settlement outpost built on privately-owned Palestinian lands.
Israel recently started construction work in the settlement after illegally confiscating dozens of Dunams of lands that belong to the residents.
Mohammad Salah, coordinator of the Popular Committee Against the Wall, reported that the army, and personnel of the Israeli “Civil Administration Office”, took pictures and measurements of Palestinian lands that belong to villagers of Khirbit Alia, close to Um Rokba.
Israel soldiers repeatedly invade Palestinian communities in the occupied West Bank, break into and search dozens of homes, cars and property, install roadblocks and kidnap several residents.