Wednesday June 06, 2007 01:55

The Israeli army invaded on Tuesday at dawn Qabatia town, near the northern West Bank city of Jenin and kidnapped ten residents, mainly students. The invasion was carried out by Israeli soldiers, under-cover units of the Israeli army and dozens of military vehicles, at least ten residents were injured, and ten were kidnapped.

Local sources reported that at least 40 military vehicles and jeeps along with dozens of members of the under-cover forces and border guard policemen invaded Qabatia on Tuesday at dawn from several directions.

The army completely blocked the two of the main entrances of the town and installed a roadblock at the southern entrance of Jenin, broke into dozens of homes and conducted military searches.

During early dawn hours, fierce clashes erupted as fighters of the Al Aqsa brigades, the armed wing of Fateh, the Al Quds brigades, the armed wing of the Islamic Jihad, and the Popular Resistance Committees exchanged fire with the invading forces.

Resident Mohammad Mustafa Nazzal stated that at least thirty soldiers broke into his home, forced his family out, and searched the house before kidnapping two of his sons. Damage was reported to the house as the army used excessive violence and deliberately destroyed the furniture.  

In the western neighborhood of Qabatia, soldiers broke into dozens of homes, forced the residents out and forced them to stand against the walls for several hours as the army conducted military searches causing excessive damage to a minimum of 30 homes.

Soldiers threatened to punish the residents "if they provide assistance to the fighters", eyewitnesses reported.

At total of ten residents, mainly youth, were kidnapped and taken to unknown destinations.

During the invasion, dozens of youth and school students clashed with the soldiers and hurled stones and empty bottles at them while the army fired rounds of live ammunition and rubber-coated bullets; ten youth were injured, including five who were injured by live rounds.

Moreover, the army used military bulldozers to demolish walls, parts of houses and shops. Soldiers also used explosives to detonate the doors or several shops and stores before searching them.

The invasion is considered the largest since the beginning of this year although the army carried nearly daily invasions and attacks.