[File photo: Radio Bethlehem 2000]
By Saed Bannoura
IMEMC & Agencies: Wednesday, Israeli soldiers have invaded several areas of the occupied West Bank, broken into and searched dozens of homes, kidnapping seventeen Palestinians in the districts of Nablus and Hebron. Several Palestinians were wounded in Hebron.
Local sources in Hebron, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank, report that dozens of soldiers have invaded the city and kidnapped Abada Mohammad Ed’es, Anas Al-’Ajjoury, Nabil Nader Rajaby, Fadi Saber Borqan, and Lu’ay Faisal Hashlamon.
Medical sources state that dozens of school children suffered the effects of tear gas inhalation after the army fired gas bombs near the Zahra’ School, near the Tareq Ben Zeyad Junction, where clashes took place between the invading soldiers and local young men.
Red Crescent medics said that the soldiers deliberately fired several gas bombs at the school, and that the army also fired rubber-coated metal bullets and concussion grenades.
Furthermore, dozens of soldiers invaded Yatta town, near Hebron, kidnapping Khalil Mohammad Abu Arram and his son Mohammad, in addition to Yousef Abdullah Makhamra, his brother Ibrahim, Mahmoud Mansour Makhamra and his brother Mohammad.
Mohammad Awad, media spokesperson of the Popular Committee Against the Wall in Beit Ummar town, near Hebron, has reported that dozens of soldiers invaded the town and kidnapped Yahia Hendy Abu Maria, 17, a former political prisoner.
Awad said that the soldiers searched the home of Abu Maria, forcing his family into a room while violently pushing them around; Abu Maria’s mother, Fa’eqa, 50 years of age, who suffers with diabetes, was injured after the soldiers pushed her to the ground.
Soldiers also invaded the home of Hammad Sleiby, in the Al-Jalda area of Beit Ummar, kidnapping his son Mohammad, 17 years of age, who was only released from an Israeli prison a week ago, after spending three months in detention.
The soldiers also confiscated the ID card of his brother Yahia, 22, a student of the Polytechnic Palestine College in Hebron.
In addition, soldiers installed roadblocks at the entrances of Sa’ir and Doura towns, near Hebron, stopped and searched dozens of vehicles, and interrogated the residents while inspecting their ID cards.
Furthermore, dozens of soldiers invaded the Old Town, in the northern West Bank city of Nablus, broke into and violently searched homes, kidnapping Ali Sahbeery, 21, after violently assaulting him and ransacking his home during the search.
Media sources in Nablus report that the army has also invaded Tal village, kidnapping Mo’tasem Reehan, 30, Mohammad Thabet Abu Amsha, 38, from Zawata village, northwest of Nablus, and Marcel Awwad in Awarta village.
In related news, soldiers have invaded the villages of Be’er Al-Basha and Tour Al-Gharbiyya, south of the northern West Bank district of Jenin, searching several homes.
Local sources in Be’er Al-Basha said that the soldiers served military warrants to four residents, ordering them to head to a nearby military base for interrogation. The four have been identified as Moath and his Brother Anas Nasser Ghawadra, Shaher Bassem Ghawadra, and Mohammad Manthoum Ghawadra.
Soldiers also invaded Youra Al-Gharbiyya village, broke into and searched several homes, serving resident Mustafa Qabha a military warrant ordering him to report to a nearby military base for interrogation.
In Jerusalem, Israeli soldiers based at one of the gates of Al-Aqsa Mosque detained a young scholar, preventing her from entering the mosque.
Local sources state that dozens of Israelis invaded the yards of Al-Aqsa Mosque through the Magharba Gate, detaining Shamiya al-Mostaseb and denying her access to the mosque.
They further stated that about 20 civilians and police officers broke into the mosque area and quarreled with local worshipers.