Israeli soldiers placed a full siege on the town of Ithna, west of the southern West Bank city of Hebron, and initiated a large-scale search campaign that targeted dozens of homes and stores in the town, since Monday evening.The invasion started after an Israeli settler was shot and killed, and three others were injured, apparently by Palestinian fire.

Local sources told the Ma’an News Agency that dozens of soldiers invaded the town, and started breaking into homes, stores and various buildings, and interrogated dozens of Palestinians. No arrests were reported until the time of this report.

Ma’an said that the town is completely surrounded after the army closed all roads leading to it, including smaller side roads.

The army also surrounded Tarqoumia town, close to where the initial shooting took place, and installed various roadblocks.

The soldiers installed roadblocks at the northern entrances of Hebron city, also stopped and searched dozens of cars while inspecting the ID cards of the passengers, and interrogating them.

On Monday evening, Israeli soldiers closed the town of Beit Ummar, nearby, and installed several roadblocks; they also invaded it and used a local home as a military post and monitoring tower.