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Palestine: Israeli soldiers kidnap 17 Palestinians in West Bank

15th Jan 2014

By Saed Bannoura

IMEMC & Agencies: Tuesday at dawn, Israeli soldiers invaded various districts in the occupied West Bank, kidnapping seventeen Palestinian, including 11 in Azzoun, near the northern West Bank city of Qalqilia.

                   File - Radio Bethlehem 2000

[File – Radio Bethlehem 2000]


Local sources in Nablus, in the northern part of the occupied West Bank, have reported that dozens of Israeli military vehicles invaded the eastern area of the city, searched homes, and kidnapped a young man identified as Mohammad Issa.
Furthermore, dozens of soldiers invaded Azzoun town, east of Qalqilia, kidnapping eleven Palestinians after breaking into their homes and searching them.
The eleven has been identified as Ismael Mofeed Radwan, Qusai Waleed Radwan, Mohammad Rashid Radwan, Ahmad Hasan Salim, Mahmoud Hasan Salim, Abdul-Hamid Shbeita, Zakariyya Sweidan, Moath Bilal Sweidan, Mahmoud Adam Badwan, Mohammad Radwan and Abdul-Aziz Shaher Salim.
Soldiers also broke into the home of Odai Hamza Hussein, and handed him a military notice ordering him to head to a nearby military base for interrogation.
Furthermore, soldiers invaded various areas in the West Bank district of Bethlehem, kidnapping a schoolteacher and his brother in Al-Obeydiyya town, east of Bethlehem.
Local sources said that the soldiers broke into the home of Ayman Mahmoud Abu Assa, searched the property and kidnapped him before breaking into his brother’s house and kidnapping him also.
The sources said that the soldiers also confiscated computers and mobile phones from the two families. In Bethlehem city, soldiers kidnapped Issam Ata Ash-Sha’er, and Eid Kamel, and took them to an unknown destination.
Dozens of soldiers also invaded Beit Fajjar town, south of Bethlehem, and handed Mohammad Issa Taqatqa a military warrant ordering him to head to the Gush Etzion military base for interrogation.
Late on Monday at night, soldiers kidnapped former political prisoner, Mahmoud Abu Daoud, from the Al-‘Arroub refugee camp, north of Hebron city, in the southern part of the West Bank.
The invasion led to clashes with dozens of local youths in the camp who hurled rocks and empty bottles at the invading soldiers who fired rounds of live ammunition, gas bombs and rubber-coated metal bullets.
Medical sources said that the soldiers attacked a child with special needs, causing several injuries, and prevented local medics from providing him with the needed medical attention.
The latest invasions and arrests are part of ongoing Israeli military escalation against the Palestinians, and their property, in different parts of the occupied territories.

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