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Israeli soldiers kidnap 13 Palestinians in West Bank

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Israeli forces arrest a Palestinian man during clashes in Qabatiya, a town in the north of the Israeli-occupied West Bank, February 4, 2016. (Photo by AFP)

At least 13 Palestinians have been kidnapped by Israeli soldiers in several areas across the occupied West Bank.

The abductions were made in al-Khalil (Hebron), al-Quds (Jerusalem), Nablus, and Qabatiya early on Wednesday.

In another development, Israeli warplanes targeted a number of areas in the besieged Gaza Strip. More details on the development have not been released yet.

Local Palestinian sources also reported that Israeli military bulldozers attacked the Bureij refugee camp in central Gaza. In another raid, the regime’s warships fired at Palestinian fishermen off Gaza. There were no immediate reports of possible casualties.

Also on Wednesday, Israeli forces launched a raid on Isawiyah Village in al-Quds and destroyed Palestinians’ agricultural facilities. Local sources say Israel seeks to create a national park for Israeli settlers.

The occupied Palestinian territories have recently been the scene of heightened tensions. The tensions were triggered by Israel’s imposition in August 2015 of restrictions on the entry of Palestinian worshipers into the al-Aqsa Mosque compound.

The al-Aqsa Mosque is the third holiest site in Islam after Masjid al-Haram in Mecca and Masjid al-Nabawi in Medina.

The Palestinians say the Tel Aviv regime seeks to change the status quo of the compound.

Some 180 Palestinians, including children and women, have lost their lives at the hands of Israeli forces since last October.

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