Israeli forces have kidnapped 11 Palestinians and summoned several for interrogation, in addition to shooting and injuring a number of others with live fire during raids across the West Bank, according to reports by local and security sources.Israeli soldiers stormed the city of Hebron, on Wednesday, where they arrested Ibrahim Jaber, an ex-prisoner who was released in the 2011 Shalit swap, according to WAFA Palestinian News & Info Agency.
Two other Palestinians were taken after their houses were raided and their furniture damaged while, in the meantime, soldiers also stormed the nearby town of Dura, where they arrested an ex-prisoner. Soldiers apparently searched several homes in the city and sabotaged their furniture, according to Mohammad Awad, coordinator of the anti-settlement committee in town.
Mr. Awad said Israeli soldiers further raided another house in Dura and arrested a 25-year-old young man before leading him to the nearby illegal Israeli settlement of Karmi Tsour.
He added that soldiers also raided a local bakery, upon which they forced the workers to discontinue working for over an hour. They assaulted the 28-year-old shopkeeper, beating him with the butts of their rifles before abducting one worker, aged 27.
Soldiers also served an interrogation summons to a local resident, after smashing in his front door and raiding the house.
In the northern West Bank city of Jenin, the army abducted three Palestinians after raiding the villages of Silat al-Harithiya, Kafr Dan, and Faqqua.
In Beit Ummar, to the north of Hebron, soldiers fired tear gas canisters toward residents, who were subsequently treated on site for suffocation.
Cases of suffocation were also reported nearby, in Qabatia and Zababida, after army forces stormed the towns during the late hours of the night.
During the Zababida raid, one youngster was reported to have been injured in the foot by live Israeli fire, while another was injured with a rubber-coated bullet to the chest.
Other towns in the Hebron Governorate were also stormed by Israeli forces, WAFA further reports, as soldiers established military checkpoints and inspected the ID cards of drivers and occupants, causing a traffic jam.
Earlier in the day, at Zaâ€™tara checkpoint, to the south of Nablus, Israeli soldiers kidnapped 17-year-old Beirut Ali Mohammad, leading her to a military outpost for interrogation. She was released a few hours later, according to WAFA.
To the south of Jenin, Israeli forces stormed the village of Sanur, serving interrogation summonses to two brothers, demanding them to report to Salem military compound for questioning.
In the Bethlehem district, a 21-year-old was abducted by the Israeli army, following a raid on his house.
In the meantime, in the village of Baqa Ash-Sharqiya, north of Tulkarem, soldiers also took one youngster, age 29, after raiding his house and wrecking the furniture. Some of his personal items, including his PC and cellular phone were confiscated during the raid.
Chris Carlson is a student of religion at Mount Mercy University, United States, and has been a regular volunteer with the IMEMC since 2013. He assisted in providing extensive coverage of the 2014 Israeli military offensive on the Gaza Strip and continues, into the present day, with the issues at hand. He can be reached via email at c h r i s @ i m e m c . o r g.