Dozens of Israeli soldiers invaded, on Monday at dawn [September 2, 2013] several areas in the West Bank district of Bethlehem, broke into and searched dozens of homes, and kidnapped nine Palestinians. Three Palestinians from Bethlehem, were also kidnapped in occupied Jerusalem.The Palestinian News & Info Agency (WAFA) has reported that dozens of soldiers invaded Teqoua’ village, east of Bethlehem, and kidnapped six teenagers after violently searching their families’ homes.

The six, 17-18 years of age, have been identified as Mahmoud Kamel Sabah, Ahmad Khaled Sabah, Mohammad Jamal Al-‘Amour, Khaled Imad Al-‘Amour, Ahmad Samir Al-‘Amour, and Mohammad Thiab Al-‘Amour.

Soldiers also broke into the home of Mohammad Ali Sabah, apparently in an attempt to kidnap him but he was not home; the soldiers handed a warrant to his parents ordering him to head to Etzion military base for interrogation.

Teqoua’ Mayor, Taiseer Abu Mfarreh, told WAFA that the town has been subject to frequent and escalating Israeli military invasions, and that the soldiers are currently harassing schoolchildren starting their new school year.

Furthermore, dozens of soldiers invaded the Al-Khader town, south of Bethlehem, violently searched a number of homes and kidnapped three residents, including two brothers.

The three have been identified as Mahmoud, 20, his brother Ahmad Rezeq Issa, 22, and Mahmoud Omar Mousa.

Moreover, the army kidnapped Nasr Mohammad Obeyyat, 28, Nabil Mohammad Obeyyat, 26, and Hamza Saleh Ma’aly, 25, all from Bethlehem. The three were kidnapped in occupied East Jerusalem; army claimed they had no permits to enter the city.