Israeli soldiers invaded, on Wednesday at dawn, the al-Khader town, south of the West Bank city of Bethlehem, and kidnapped five Palestinians, including four children.Coordinator of the Popular Committee against the Wall and Settlements in al-Khader, Ahmad Salah, said the soldiers stormed and violently searched several homes, and kidnapped the five Palestinians.

The kidnapped residents have been identified as Khaled Wael Issa, 22, Mohammad Yousef ‘Atwan, 16, Raed az-Zayyah, 15, Karam Zakari Stein, 15, and Marwan Bajes Sbeih, 15.

In addition, soldiers distributed leaflets signed by the military commander of the Gush Etzion military and security base, south of Bethlehem, threatening al-Khader families that the army would arrest their children “should they continue to throw stones on settlers’ cars and army vehicles.”

Salah added that al-Khader has been subject to frequent Israeli military invasions and violations, and that the soldiers have kidnapped, last week, 14 children and several adults.