[Israeli soldiers invading Bethlehem – Radio Bethlehem 2000]
By Saed Bannoura
IMEMC & Agencies: Friday evening, dozens of Israeli soldiers invaded Saff Street, in the center of the West Bank city of Bethlehem, breaking into and searching several homes, and kidnapping four Palestinians.
Radio Bethlehem 2000 has reported that more than 15 Israeli military vehicles invaded the area, firing rounds of live ammunition, concussion grenades and gas bombs, and broke into the home of resident Nidal Souman, a political leader of the Islamic Jihad.
It added that soldiers kidnapped Omar Sami Al-Hreimy, 45, his son Sami, 20, Abdul-Salam Sumaan, 45, and his son Nidal.
Clashes took place between the invading soldiers and local youth, who threw stones and empty bottles at them, while the army fired gas bombs and concussion grenades before withdrawing from the city.
Medical sources said that several Palestinians suffered the effects of tear gas inhalation and received treatment by local medics.
On Thursday, soldiers also invaded Bethlehem and kidnapped six Palestinians, after violently breaking into their homes and searching them.
In related news, the Census Department of the Palestinian Ministry of Detainees published a report revealing that Israeli soldiers kidnapped 3,874 Palestinians in 2013, including hundreds of children.
The ministry said that among the kidnapped were 1975 men, ages 18-30, and 931 children.