By Saed Bannoura
IMEMC & Agencies: Dozens of Israeli soldiers invaded the As-Sa’diyya neighborhood, in the Old City in occupied East Jerusalem, and the nearby towns of Al-Ezariyya and Abu Dis, broke into and searched Palestinian homes, and kidnapped 29 residents, including children.
Local sources in As-Sa’diyya neighborhood stated that the soldiers violently broke into several homes after smashing their doors, and searched them before kidnapping 12 Palestinians, including children.
The kidnapped Palestinians have been identified as Issa Mit’eb, 13, Mohammad Ghosha, 21, Mohammad Hilwani, 19, Maher Al-Beitouni, 19, Hammouda Al-Beitouni, 19, Anas Al-Afghany, 21, Ala’ Makiyya, 19, Abdullah Abu Diab, 18, Mohannad Eid, 17, Abboud Al-Ja’bary, 16, Hammoud Al-Khatib, and Mahmoud At-Teruaqy.
They were taken to a police station and were placed under interrogation allegedly for throwing stones and fireworks at the army, and at surveillance cameras. Furthermore, soldiers invaded Al-Ezariyya town and searched several homes before kidnapping Palestinians, including Mohammad Hasan Matar, a Fateh official in Jerusalem.
The kidnapped have been identified as Sami Abu Ghalya, Khaled Hasan Khalaf, Sobhy Hasan Khalaf, Ala’ Al-Yaseeny, Jihad Al-Yaseeny, Ammar Al-Emwasy, Mohammad Al-Mikhel, Nidal Al-Asmar, Haroun Abu Roomy, Nasser Al-Asmar, Omar An-Nawafla, and Hazem Odwan.
Soldiers also broke into and searched the home of Al-Ezariyya Local Council, Sufian Naim Bassa. Furthermore, several military jeeps invaded Abu Dis town, before the soldiers broke into homes and kidnapped four residents identified as Abdullah Abu Hilal, Mahmoud Erekat, Ali Sa’id Qablawy, and Hamza Ayyad.
Clashes have been reported in Abu Dis and Al-Ezariyya, and the army fired dozens of gas bombs, concussion grenades, and rubber-coated metal bullets.
The Israeli army claimed that a pipe bomb was also hurled at a military jeep behind the Annexation Wall in Abu Dis, causing no damage or injuries.