Soldiers Detain 22 Palestinians In West Bank

03:00 Mar 4 2014 Yatta, Asira ash-Shamaliya, Huwwara, Anabta, Shweika, Beit Dajan, Azzoun, Silwad, Betunia, Halhoul, and ath-Thaheriyya roadblock south of Hebron

by Saed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies

[March 4, 2014] Israeli soldiers invaded various Palestinian communities in the occupied West Bank, kidnapping 22 Palestinians, including four political leaders of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP).

The Maan News Agency has reported that dozens of soldiers invaded the northern West Bank district of Nablus, and kidnapped four PFLP leaders.

The PFLP said the soldiers kidnapped Esmat ash-Shouly, 45, from his home in Asira ash-Shamaliya village, Nabeeh Awwad, 55, from Awarta village, Asem Amer, 35, from Kufur Qaleel village, and Mohammad Tabkha, 33, from Nablus city.

Amer is a former political prisoner who spent eight years in Israeli prisons.

Soldiers also invaded the home of Husam al-Razza, a political PFLP leader, and several homes belonging to his relatives, and searched them, causing excessive property damage.

In addition, several Israeli military jeeps invaded Huwwara village, south of Nablus, and kidnapped Naseem Mahmoud Najm, 44, an officer of the Preventative Security Force, and Bassam Mahmoud Najm, 48, a political leader of Fateh movement.

One Palestinian was also kidnapped by the army in Anabta, east of the northern West Bank city of Nablus, while another resident was kidnapped in Shweika village, east of the northern West Bank city of Tulkarem.

Ma'an said that the soldiers also kidnapped a Palestinian in Beit Dajan village, east of Nablus, and one in Azzoun east of Qalqilia in northern West Bank, two in Silwad and Betunia near Ramallah, and one in Halhoul, near the southern West Bank city of Hebron.

Earlier on Tuesday, several Israeli military jeeps invaded the town of Yatta, south Hebron, searched several homes and kidnapped four fathers, with four of their sons.

The Popular Committee Against the Wall and Settlements in Yatta has reported that the soldiers violently broke into several homes in the town and searched them, causing excessive property damage.

The eight have been identified as Jibreel Mahmoud Morr, 55, his son Hasan, 21, Issa Mahmoud Morr, 48, his son Mohammad, 20, Ibrahim Ahmad Morr, 50, his son Khalil, 19, Barakat Mahmoud Morr, 51, and his son Mahmoud, 19.

Earlier on Tuesday, soldiers stationed at a roadblock near Hebron, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank, attacked Palestinian workers, kidnapping one of them, while the second worker suffered a broken leg.

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