Israeli soldiers abducted, on Thursday at dawn, nine Palestinians from their homes in several parts of the occupied West Bank, and launched a surveillance balloon above the al-Khader town, south of Bethlehem.

The soldiers invaded Bethlehem city, south of occupied Jerusalem in the West Bank, and abducted Mohammad Tal’at al-Khatib, the brother of Daoud al-Khatib, 45, a political prisoner who died after suffering a heart attack in Ofer Israeli prison, on September 2nd 2020, just a few months prior to his release after spending 18 years in captivity.

The Bethlehem office of the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) said the soldiers abducted Mohammad to pressure his brother, Moayyad, to turn himself in to the army.

The soldiers also abducted Anwar Ahmad al-Faqeeh, 40, and Khalil Qassem Sheikh, 42, from their homes in Marah Rabah village, south of Bethlehem.

In addition, the soldiers invaded Wadi Abu Freeha area in Beit Sahour town, east of Bethlehem, searched homes, and abducted Tareq Mousa Obeyyat, 38.

The army also invaded the al-Khader town, south of Bethlehem, and launched a surveillance balloon to monitor Umm Rokba and Solomon Pools areas.

In Hebron, in southern West Bank, the soldiers invaded the at-Tabaqa area in Dour town, south of the city, and abducted a former political prisoner, identified as Hisham Ismael Abu Hawwash, 39.

Three other Palestinians, identified as Mohammad Ziad Sa’adi, Ahmad Husam Abu Tabeekh and Abdullah Burhan Abdul-Halim, were abducted from their homes in Kharsa town, southwest of Hebron.

In occupied Jerusalem, the soldiers abducted Fadi Mitwer, from his home in Wadi al-Jouz neighborhood, after invading and ransacking it.