Israeli soldiers carried out, late at night Wednesday and on Thursday at dawn, massive invasions and searches of homes and property in different parts of the occupied West Bank, and kidnapped 31 Palestinians, including a child in Bethlehem, and 14 elderly men from Jerusalem.

The Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) said the soldiers kidnapped sixteen Palestinians from Jerusalem, between the ages of  45 and 70, after violently searching their homes, causing excessive damage.

It said the soldiers kidnapped Sa’id Awad Samrein, 70, Methqal Fayez al-Qaaq, 70, Omar Abed Samrein, 59, Taher Salah Arafa, 63, Mousa al-Joulani, 63, and Tawfiq Gheith, 60; all from the neighborhoods of ath-Thoury and al-Abbasiyya, Ras al-‘Amoud and the Central Neighborhood in Silwan.

Residents Na’im Syouri, 60, Mustafa Mohammad Salfiti, 67, and Omar Hasan, 45, were kidnapped from their homes in Jerusalem’s Old City.

The soldiers also kidnapped Nabil Sharif, 70, Adel Abu Ermeila, 68, and Omar Obeido, 60, were kidnapped in Beit Hanina neighborhood.

Also in Jerusalem, the soldiers kidnapped Rebhi Ghosha, 63, Wisam Rajabi, 62, Sufian Jadallah, 50, and Akram Shorafa, 45.

It is worth mentioning that the army have kidnapped 28 Palestinians, between the ages of 50 and 70, in Jerusalem since the beginning of this month.

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In Ramallah, the soldiers invaded al-Ajouli currency exchange shop, and kidnapped Ghazi al-Ajouli before burning the shop. Another Palestinian, identified as Othman As’ad Thaher, was kidnapped in the nearby town of Ein Seena.

In Hebron, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank, the soldiers kidnapped Mustafa Ismael Safi, 36, Jamal Hussein al-‘Awawda and Ahmad Ishaq Abu Hashhash.

In the northern West Bank district of Qalqilia, the soldiers invaded Azzoun town, and kidnapped Mahdi Ahmad Sweidan and Ahmad Jawdat Amjad.

In the central West Bank district of Tubas, the soldiers kidnapped one Palestinian, identified as Adham Daraghma.

In Bethlehem, the soldiers kidnapped a child, identified as Nouran Balboul, 14, the daughter of Ahmad Balboul, who was assassinated by the Israeli army, along with two other Palestinians, on March 12 2008.