Palestine: Five injured, 25 kidnapped, as Israeli army invades Deheishe refugee camp

20th Jun 2014
Palestine: Five injured, 25 kidnapped, as Israeli army invades Deheishe refugee camp


[Image By Maan News Agency]
By Saed Bannoura
IMEMC & Agencies: Friday at dawn, Palestinian medical sources reported that at least five Palestinians have been injured, one seriously, by Israeli soldiers invading the Deheishe refugee camp, in Bethlehem. The soldiers also kidnapped around 25 Palestinians.

The Maan News Agency has reported that hundreds of soldiers invaded the refugee camp, and kidnapped 25 Palestinians, including Issa Abed Rabbo, a former political prisoner who was recently released from an Israeli prison, and the Mufti of Bethlehem Abdul-Majid Atallah.
Soldiers invaded the al-Ahli University campus, searched it, and rounded all the kidnapped Palestinians there.
Maan said the soldiers invaded various neighborhoods at the edges of the camp, the Salaam neighborhood, and also invaded a number of neighborhoods in Bethlehem city, and several villages in the southern and eastern parts of the Bethlehem District.

It added that nearly a thousand Israeli soldiers are extensively deployed in the area, surrounding the refugee camp, the al-Ahli University, Palestinian agricultural lands in Khalayel al-Louz area, Mrah M’alla area, the Saff Street in Bethlehem, Doha town, and various communities in Bethlehem.

Several Israeli sharpshooters topped tall buildings around Deheishe, before the army started their home invasions, searches and arrests. Undercover soldiers were also seen in the area.

The army is also searching caves and farmlands in the area, while paratroopers were seen landing in Khalayel al-Louz, south of Bethlehem.

Sources in Ertas nearby village stated that around 300 soldiers invaded the village, and initiated a massive search campaign, targeting dozens of homes, and that the soldiers also topped a number of homes, using them as monitoring towers.

The army also placed sand hills closing the western entrance of the Beit Jala Housing Project, near the Talitha Kumi Evangelical Lutheran School.

Military helicopters were seen flying over the Bethlehem and Hebron Districts, while the soldiers continued their extensive invasions.

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