Skirmishes broke out early Tuesday as Israeli forces conducted to the raids to abduct the four individuals, who are accused of taking part in anti-Israel demonstrations.
Some residents were reportedly threatened with having their houses leveled by Israeli soldiers, as has happened frequently on the orders of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Media sources in the northern West Bank city of Nablus said the soldiers kidnapped four Palestinians in Aseera town, north Nablus, after searching their homes, and a fifth Palestinian in the Askar al-Jadid refugee camp, east of the city.
The sources said the soldiers kidnapped Abu Jamal Yassin, 22, Osama Hasan ash-Showly, 21, Mohammad ‘Aasi ash-Showly, 21, and Nidal Hamadna, 23 years of age, after breaking into their homes, and violently searched them.
Soldiers also invaded the ‘Askar al-Jadid refugee camp, and kidnapped a political leader of the Islamic Jihad, identified as Yassin Abu Lafah, 24, an advocate for the rights of Palestinian political prisoners, held by Israel.
They invaded and searched several homes in the refugee camp, and interrogated dozens of local youths.
In related news, soldiers sealed all four entrances of the ‘Azzoun town, east of the northern West Bank city of Qalqilia, before invading it from the western side while firing gas bombs, and concussion grenades.
The soldiers broke into and violently searched several homes in the town, and prevented the Palestinians from entering or leaving it.
In addition, soldiers invaded the al-‘Eesawiyya town, in occupied Jerusalem, broke into and searched several homes, and kidnapped three children identified as Qusai Dari, Nadim Azhar, and Mohammad Abu al-Hummus; all 13 years of age.
In Bethlehem, several military vehicles invaded Beit Fajjar town, south of the city, and searched homes before handing three Palestinians military orders for interrogation in the Etzion military base.
The three have been identified as former political prisoner Mohammad Ahmad Thawabta, 26, Mohammad Khaled Taqatqa, 27, and Zaki Yousef Deeriyya, 24 years of age.
In the southern West Bank district of Hebron, soldiers invaded the as-Sammoa’ town, south of Hebron city, and kidnapped five Palestinians after violently searching their homes.
The five have been identified as Sanad Sabri al-Badarin, 23, Zaher Ibrahim al-Mahareeq, Mohammad Fahd as-Salameen, and two brothers identified as Qussai and Mos’ab Ahmad as-Salameen.
The soldiers also invaded the home of Mohammad Ismael Khalayla in the town, before searching it, and installed roadblocks on the main entrances of Sa’ir and Halhoul nearby towns, and the northern entrance of Hebron city, before stopping and searching dozens of cars, and interrogated the Palestinians while inspecting their ID cards.
Israeli soldiers conduct daily invasions and arrests in different parts of the occupied West Bank, and in several neighborhoods in occupied East Jerusalem.
On Sunday evening, several armored Israeli military jeeps invaded the town of Taybeh, west of the northern West Bank city of Jenin, and kidnapped three Palestinians, including two brothers.
Ambushes like this have increased since the 50-day assault on Gaza last year, in which more than 2,200 Palestinians were killed.
More than 7,000 Palestinians are currently being detained by Israel, 540 of whom are being held without trial according to the Ahrar Center for Prisoners Studies.
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