Israeli soldiers invaded, on Wednesday at dawn, the West Bank city of Bethlehem, the Deheishe, ‘Aida and al-‘Azza refugee camps, in addition to Harmala, Husan and al-‘Obeydiyya, and abducted eight Palestinians, including five former political prisoners, during violent searches of homes.

Several army vehicles invaded Bethlehem, and Hindaza Mountain area, east of the city, violently searched homes, and abducted Eyad Habib Mohammad, 42, and Waleed Bustanji, 45; both are former political prisoners.

The army also invaded and searched homes in the Saff Street area, in Bethlehem city, and interrogated several Palestinians.

In addition, the soldiers invaded homes in Deheishe refugee camp, south of Bethlehem, searched homes and abducted a former political prisoner, identified as Yousef Mahmoud al-Lahham, 41.

Another Palestinian, a former political prisoner, identified as Ismael Khalil az-Zeer, was abducted from his home in Harmala village, southeast of Bethlehem.

Furthermore, the soldiers searched homes in Husan village, west of Bethlehem, and abducted Waseem Rauf Abu Yabes.

Another Palestinian, also a former political prisoner, identified as Omar ‘Aziyya, 25, was abducted from his home in ‘Aida refugee camp, north of Bethlehem.

Clashes took place after the soldiers invaded the al-‘Azza refugee camp, and the soldiers fired gas bombs, including at homes, causing many Palestinians to suffer the severe effects of teargas inhalation.

The army also abducted Nizar Mustafa Najjar, from al-‘Azza refugee camp.

A former political prisoner, identified as Khaled Shanayta, was abducted from his home in the al-Obeydiyya town, east of Bethlehem.