[Thursday at Dawn, January 16 2013] Israeli soldiers invaded the West Bank district of Bethlehem, and the southern West Bank district of Hebron, kidnapping several Palestinians.Local sources said that the army invaded the Aida refugee camp, north of Bethlehem, and kidnapped three Palestinians.

The three have been identified as Mo’tasem Hashem Al-Amir, 20, Mohammad Atallah Al-Mashayekh, 18, and Mo’tasem Abdul-Aziz Abu Srour, 20. Soldiers violently broke into their homes and searched them, causing excessive property damage.

Eyewitnesses stated that the soldiers fired rounds of live ammunition and gas bombs at local youth who hurled stones and empty bottles at them.

They added that Israeli bombs caused fire in the home of resident Jom’a Ibrahim Oweiss, but the family managed to extinguish the fire before it spread.

Furthermore, soldiers invaded the southern West Bank city of Hebron, and kidnapped former Minister of Local Government, Issa Khairy Al-Ja’bary.

The soldiers also invaded the home of Nidal Omran Al-Qawasmy, in Nomra area, in Hebron.

Local sources in Hebron said that the soldiers also kidnapped a number of Hamas political leaders in the city.

Also on Thursday, soldiers invaded the Taybeh town, near Jenin, kidnapping two brothers.

The two, Anas and Ammar Jamal Jabarin, are members of the Palestinian Security Forces in the Jenin district.

The invasions and attacks are part of ongoing Israeli military assaults, and escalation, against the Palestinians, their lands and property.

The attacks are also taking place amidst constant violations and assaults carried out by Israeli settlers against the Palestinians in occupied Palestine, including occupied Jerusalem.