Israeli soldiers invaded, on Monday at dawn, the town of Beit Ummar, north of the southern West Bank city of Hebron, and kidnapped three Palestinians. Two more Palestinians have been kidnapped in Bethlehem.Local sources said the soldiers invaded several homes in Beit Ummar, and violently searched them, before kidnapping three Palestinians identified as Rabea’ Hashem Bahar, 26, Issa Ali Awad, 26, and ‘Omar Suleiman Abu ‘Ayyash, 18.

The three were cuffed and blindfolded before the soldiers took them to the Etzion military base.

Coordinator of the Popular Committee against the Wall and Settlements, Mohammad Awad, said the soldiers have kidnapped 19 Palestinians, including eight children, since the beginning of this month.

In addition, the soldiers invaded and searched a number of homes in Doura nearby town, and installed a roadblock at its main entrance.

In Bethlehem, soldiers invaded the ‘Aida refugee camp, north of the city, kidnapped two Palestinians, and handed another resident a military warrant for interrogation.

Local sources said that the soldiers kidnapped ‘Ali ‘Issa al-Heeh, 30, and Ibrahim Mohammad Abu Srour, 23, after violently invading their homes and ransacking them.

The soldiers also handed resident Hamza Ibrahim Malash, 20, a military warrant ordering him to head to the Etzion military base, south of Bethlehem, for interrogation.

Medical sources said the soldiers violently struck and beat two Palestinians, identified as Jihad ‘Ali Sheikh, 25, and Mohammad Saleh Abu ‘Aker, 26.

Also on Monday, at dawn, several Israeli military jeeps invaded the towns of Sielet al-Harethiyya, al-Yamoun and Kufr Dan, west of the northern West Bank district of Jenin, and ransacked a number of homes after breaking into them.

Local sources said security officers interrogated a number of Palestinians while searching their homes.