Israeli soldiers abducted, on Thursday evening, five young Palestinian men, and shot five others, in Beit Fajjar town, south of Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank.

Several armored military jeeps invaded the towns, before the soldiers stormed and ransacked many homes, causing damage, and abducted five young men, including Ahmad Mohammad Taqatqa, who was shot by army fire, a few days ago, near Um Salmouna village, south of Bethlehem.

The abducted Palestinians have been identified as Mohammad Ahmad Taqatqa, Qassam Ahmad Thawabta, 23, Khalil Mohammad Thawabta, 28, Mohammad Eyad Thawabta, 16, and Mo’tasem Na’im Taqatqa, 21.

The Palestinian Red Crescent Society in Bethlehem said the soldiers also shot five young men with the illegal “Toto” expanding bullets, after dozens of residents protested the invasions into their town and homes, and the abduction of the five residents.

It added that the soldiers shot the five young men with Toto bullets in their lower extremities, causing moderate-but-stable injuries.

They were all rushed to Palestinian hospitals in Hebron, in the southern part of the West Bank.