Clashes renewed, Friday, between Israeli soldiers and local youths, near the northern entrance of the West Bank city of Bethlehem; two Palestinians were injured, and six suffered the effects of tear gas inhalation. The soldiers also kidnapped two children in Beit Sahour, east of Bethlehem.
The soldiers fired several live rounds, rubber-coated metal bullets, and gas bombs; two Palestinians were shot with rubber-coated steel bullets, and six others suffered the effects of tear gas inhalation.

In related news, the army kidnapped two children, identified as Abdul-Rahim Somrein, 14, and Abdul-Rahman Somrein, 13, in ‘Osh Ghrab area, east of Beit Sahour.

Furthermore, the army closed the road that leads to Palestinian agricultural lands, west of the al-Khader town, south of Bethlehem.

Ahmad Salah, Coordinator of the Popular Committee against the Wall and Settlements in al-Khader, said the soldiers closed the road, adjacent to settlement bypass road #60, preventing the Palestinians from reaching thousands of Dunams of farm lands in Ein al-Qassis, Thaher az-Zayyah, Wad al-Ghaweet and Wadi Salem.

Salah added that the soldiers also reinstalled the military tour in Bakoush area, west of al-Khader, posing threats on the lives of the residents, especially since the old tower was used, several years ago, to shoot many young Palestinians, leading to a number of deaths and many injuries.