Hundreds of Israeli soldiers invaded, on Thursday at dawn, several communities in the Nablus district, in the northern part of the occupied West Bank, violently searched dozens of homes, causing excessive damage, and kidnapped thirteen Palestinians, including security officers.

Media sources in Nablus said hundreds of soldiers invaded kafr Qalil village, south of Nablus, approximately at three at dawn, before storming and ransacking many homes, including destroying walls, allegedly searching for weapons.

In a statement, the Israeli army said the soldiers found what it called combat equipment, including pistols and bullets.

The Nablus office of the Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) said at least three of the kidnapped Palestinians are members of security forces with the Palestinian Authority.

The massive and violent invasions and searches of homes and property led to clashes between dozens of youngsters and the soldiers. The youths hurled stones and empty bottles at the invading army vehicles, while the soldiers fired live rounds, rubber-coated steel bullets, and gas bombs.

Medical sources said a young man was shot with a live Israeli army round, and suffered a mild-to-moderate injury.

BethlehemThe soldiers also broke into the home of a Palestinian police officer, identified as Ehad Joseph Mansour, and violently searched the property, causing excessive damage.

The invasion was still ongoing until the time of this report, the PPS said, and identified the kidnapped as:

  1. Tal’at Mansour, security chief of the Najah National University.
  2. Tamer Khaled Amer.
  3. Fadi Khaled Amer.
  4. Ahmad Waleed Amer.
  5. Waddah Abdul-Jalil Amer.
  6. Farouq Amer.
  7. Suleiman Yousef Mansour.
  8. Sa’id Jamil al-Qanni – Police Lieutenant.
  9. Rami Sa’ad al-Qanni – National Security Officer.
  10. Bilal Fathi Mansour – National Security Officer.
  11. Rabea’ Morjan.
  12. Jassem Farah Amer.
  13. Fahed Amer.

Meanwhile, the Bethlehem office of the Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) in the occupied West Bank has reported that Israeli soldiers invaded Hindaza area, and Aida refugee camp, kidnapped two Palestinians and summoned two others for interrogation.

In addition, several Israeli military vehicles invaded the northern West Bank city of Tulkarem, and kidnapped a former political prisoner.

Furthermore, the soldiers invaded Beit Awwa town, in the southern West Bank district of Hebron, stormed and ransacked several homes before kidnapping one Palestinian, and summoned two others for interrogation.

On Wednesday at night, the soldiers kidnapped a young Palestinian man from Meithaloon village, southwest of the northern West Bank city of Jenin, after stopping him on a military roadblock near Qalqilia. The Palestinian has been identified as Adel Wasfi Rabay’a.