Israeli soldiers invaded, earlier Friday, the northern West Bank city of Jenin, and clashed with many Palestinians, before shooting two children, including one who suffered a life-threatening injury. The soldiers also abducted two Palestinians near Jenin.

Media sources in Jenin said dozens of soldiers invaded the city, and destroyed a monument commemorating Khaled Nazzal, who was assassinated by undercover Israeli soldiers along with another Palestinian identified as Adel Abu al-Reesh, on October 17, 2006.

The attack led to clashes, at the western entrance of Jenin, between the soldiers and many local youths, who hurled stones at the invading armored vehicles, while the army fired live rounds, rubber-coated steel bullets and gas bombs.

Medical sources in Jenin said the soldiers shot Ahmad Abdul-Hadi Saffouri, 14, with a live round in the chest, causing a life-threatening injury, and another child, identified as Mohammad Amin Mer’ey, with a live round in the thigh. Many Palestinians suffered the severe effects of teargas inhalation.

In related news, the soldiers invaded al-Fandaqumiya villager, and Kufur Ra’ey town, southwest of Jenin, stormed and violently searched many homes, and abducted a police officer, identified as Sobhi Mahmoud Mas’oud, 35, and Hasan Saleh Ibrahim, 22, from Kufur Ra’ey.