[Thursday, April 2, 2014] For the second night in a row, dozens of Israeli soldiers invaded the village of Bil’in, near the central West Bank city of Ramallah, broke into and searched dozens of homes.Local sources in Bil’in have reported that the soldiers invaded the village, at approximately 2 am, and started massive and violent searches of homes.
The Popular Committee Against the Wall and Settlements in Bil’in said five groups of soldiers invaded the village, and that each group contained around twelve soldiers.
The soldiers then violently broke into dozens of homes and searched them, causing panic attacks among the residents, especially the children.
The invasion came only one day after a similar invasion, carried out by the soldiers against the village.
Bil’in village is known for its ongoing and creative nonviolent resistance against Israel’s illegal Annexation Wall and its illegitimate settlements. The village is subject to frequent Israeli assaults.
Earlier on Thursday, at dawn, dozens of soldiers invaded the Azzoun town, east of Qalqilia, in the northern part of the occupied West Bank, kidnapping one Palestinian.
Local sources said that the army kidnapped Bajes Nidal Shbeita, 21, after violently searching his family’s home, causing property damage. The soldiers withdrew from the village later on, taking Shbeita to an unknown destination.
On Wednesday, at dawn, soldiers invaded the Sahl area in Beit Jala, near the West Bank city of Bethlehem, and kidnapped one Palestinian after detonating the main door of his home.
The kidnapped man has been identified as Yousef Abdul-Rahman Khatib; a Palestinian child was injured in the Israeli attack, and the explosion caused damage to the family car.
Khatib fainted after the soldiers sprayed a chemical solution in his face, and was moved by the soldiers to an Israeli hospital. He is a former political prisoner from Qalandia, north of occupied Jerusalem.