On the first dawn of the new year, Israeli soldiers invaded many Palestinian communities, in several parts of the occupied West Bank, searched and ransacked dozens of homes, and abducted 26 Palestinians, nearly half of them are from Tulkarem.

The Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) has reported that the soldiers abducted twelve Palestinians in Tulkarem governorate, in the northern part of the occupied West Bank.

It said that dozens of soldiers invaded the city, and surrounding communities, and initiated massive searches of homes, before abducting twelve Palestinians.

The Israeli army said that one soldier was mildly wounded, after Palestinian youngsters hurled stones at the military vehicles.

In Tulkarem refugee camp, the soldiers abducted Ezzeddin Raed ‘Awwad, Ja’far Rafat Abu ‘Ateeq, 15, Moayyad Tayeh ‘Anbar, Nidal Abdul-Fattah Naffal, 17, Hosni Obeid, Ayman Shafiq Atiya and Abdul-Karim Abdul-Dayim, all from Tulkarem refugee camp.

The soldiers also abducted Sa’ad Nabteeti and Majd Abu Safaqa, from the Eastern Neighborhood, and Fadi at-Tayeh, from the Western Neighborhood, in Tulkarem, in addition to Wasim Ibrahim Jada’ and Husam Abu Hamda, from Zeita town, north of Tulkarem.

The invasions also targeted homes in many parts of occupied East Jerusalem, while the soldiers abducted at least one Palestinian, identified as Ibrahim al-Beitouni, from his home in the al-‘Isawiya town, in the center of the city.

The abduction came hours after dozens of soldiers, and officers, invaded the town, and were met by Palestinian youngsters, who hurled stones and empty bottles at the army invading army jeeps.

In Hebron, in the southern part of the West Bank, the soldiers abducted two young men from their homes in the al-’Arroub refugee camp, north of the city, and summoned another Palestinian for interrogation.

The abducted Palestinians have been identified as Salaheddin Ahmad at-Teety, 26, and Baha’ Karma, 20, while Ahmad Yousef Jawabra, 19, was summoned for interrogation.

It is worth mentioning that, by the end of the year 2017, the number of Palestinians, who are imprisoned by Israel, has arrived to 6500, including 350 children, among them nine girls, in addition to 58 women, 10 legislators, 22 reporters, and 450 who are held under arbitrary Administrative Detention orders without charges or trial.