Palestine: 21 Palestinians kidnapped in West Bank

28th Jun 2013

By IMEMC & Agencies: Israeli soldiers invaded on Thursday various districts in the occupied West Bank, and kidnapped 21 Palestinians.

Local sources in Al-Mazra’a Al-Qibliyya village, north of the central West Bank city of Ramallah, reported that dozens of soldiers invaded the village, violently broke into several homes, and searched them, before kidnapping eight Palestinians, including children.
The army also fired several gas bombs and concussion grandees during clashes that took place with local youths during the invasion.

Two of the kidnapped have been identified as Shadi As-Sakhl, Hassan Abdul-Haq, and Nasser Al-Kharraz.

Furthermore, soldiers invaded the northern West Bank city of Nablus, and attacked several residents before kidnapping four identified as Samer Eiraan, 33, Hassan Abdul-Haq, 20, Maher Qareeb and Nassr Al-Kharraz.

Eyewitnesses have reported that clashes took place in different neighborhoods in the city, and that the army violently searched several homes and fired rounds of live ammunition in the center of the city.

Army also invaded Beit Ummar town, north of the southern West Bank city of Hebron, shot and injured three children, and kidnapped at least five Palestinians.

Mohammad Awad, spokesperson of the Popular Committee Against the Wall and Settlements, stated that three children (16-17 years old) have been injured by rubber-coated metal bullets.

Awad added that the soldiers kidnapped three residents identified as Jihad Abu Hashem, 22, Mohammad Ali Awad, 20, and Bassam Ikhlayyil, 48. All are former political prisoners.

He further stated that two brothers identified as Ali Ikhlayyil, 19, and Bassam, 18, were ordered to head to the Etzion military base for interrogation, and were kidnapped after heading there.

The latest arrests bring the number of Palestinians kidnapped in Beit Ummar since the beginning of the year to 66; more than half of them are children.

Several Israeli military jeeps also invaded Ath-Thaheriyya town, south of Hebron, searched several vehicles, and illegally took possession of a car that belongs to resident Raed Al-Jabareen.

In Tubas, in the central part of the West Bank, soldiers kidnapped three Palestinians identified as Adham Daraghma, 21, Ammar Ghaleb Aref Daraghma, 21, and Ammar Sawafta.

On Wednesday afternoon, the army kidnapped for brothers in Jenin, in the northern part of the West Bank, the four have been identified as Moayyad Abu Obeid, 26, Eyad, 27, Jihad, 35, and Mohammad, 40.

The latest arrests are part of daily Israeli military violations against the Palestinians in different parts of the occupied West Bank.

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