Israeli troops abducted, early on Wednesday, many Palestinian residents from various parts of the West Bank, including the occupied East Jerusalem.

In the southern West Bank city of East Jerusalem, Israeli police abducted Palestinian engineer, Bassam al-Hallaq, who is in charge of construction works, inside the Al-Aqsa Mosque.

The abduction of al-Hallaq came during an Israeli police interruption of some construction works in the Almarawni part of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, Palestinian Ma’an News Agency reported.

It added that the police task force of the Israeli authorities, blocked those works, before they took Al-Hallaq to custody for interrogation.

Noteworthy, the Jordanian Ministry of Waqf and Religious Affairs, is the one in charge of the Al-Aqsa Mosque’s affairs, since Israel occupied East Jerusalem, back in June 1967.

Also in East Jerusalem, Israeli occupation forces abducted Palestinian resident, Mohammad Abu Al-Hawa, after he completed dawn prayer at the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Abu Al-Hawa is a resident of the Altour neighborhood, east of the occupied Palestinian city.

In the meantime, Israeli forces invaded the Shu’fat refugee camp of East Jerusalem. and broke into the home of an unidentified Palestinian civilian, before they abducted he and his wife.

The al-‘Isawiya neighborhood, north-east of occupied East Jerusalem, was stormed by Israeli forces, who encountered local residents of al-‘Isawiya, before beating and abducting Muhammad Esmat Obaid and Muhammad Ghasib Obaid, and taking them to an unknown location.

In the southern West Bank city of Hebron, local Palestinian media sources and witnesses said that Israeli occupation forces invaded various parts of the city, before they abducted a local attorney, Ayed Al-Haymoni, along with Fadi Saleh Ghneimat, a former prisoner, Shadi Shaheen, and Hamza Ghaleb Amro.

Meanwhile, Israeli troops invaded the Qabatia village, on the outskirts of the northern West Bank city of Jenin, and abducted Palestinian youth, Mustafa Assaf.

In the northern West Bank, in another Israeli abduction operation, soldiers detained Palestinian youth, Muhannad Jamal Al-Sadah, from Jit village, east of the city of Qalqilia.

In the central West Bank city of Ramallah, Israeli troops abducted Palestinian youths, Omar Tawfiq Hijaz, Ahmed Jamil Azzam, and Obaida Farah Hijaz, after invading the Mazra’a Al-Sharqiya village, east of Ramallah.

Over the past several weeks, Israeli troops, across the occupied West Bank, have increased their abduction operations. This escalation comes at a time when Israeli government officials have signalled annexation of some 30 percent of the West Bank territories, to the occupation state of Israel.

~ Ma’an, Al-Quds, PPS