Israeli occupation forces (IOF) kidnapped at least 16 Palestinians during extensive military invasions at predawn on Wednesday across the occupied West Bank, Israeli and Palestinian sources said.
An IOF spokesperson said that at least 16 Palestinians were “detained” in overnight raids: five in Jenin district, one in Tulkarem, three in Qalqiliya, one in Ramallah, and six in Bethlehem.
Several IOF military vehicles invaded Beit Fajjar town, south of Bethlehem, and kidnapped three young men, identified as Amer Mohammad Taqatqa, 24, Mohammad Jalal Taqatqa, 20, and Mohammad Salem Thawabta, 28.
In Ramallah district, a young Palestinian, identified as Bassel Hazem Rimawi, 18, was kidnapped after the IOF invaded and searched homes in Beit Rima town.
According to the local press, Rimawi is a former political prisoner who was released less than four months ago, after being held for six months under arbitrary Administrative Detention, without charges.
In Tulkarem, the IOF invaded Atteel town, searched homes and kidnapped one Palestinian, identified as Mohammad Shaher Rezqallah, 36.
The other kidnapped Palestinians were not yet identified.
Nearly 7,000 Palestinians are currently being held in Israeli prisons and up to 40 percent of the male population has been detained at some point in their lives, according to prisoners’ rights group Addameer.
The group added that this number included 670 under administrative detention.