Soldiers invade Bil'in, kidnap one youth
Israeli soldiers invaded on Tuesday at dawn Bil’in village, near the central West Bank city of Ramallah, broke into a number of homes and kidnapped one youth. The army also wanted to kidnap another youth but he wasn’t at home.
The Friends of Freedom and Justice Committee in Bil’in reported that at least four military jeeps invaded the village and that some 50 soldiers were deployed in several parts of the village and broke into a number of homes.
The kidnapped youth was identified as Abdul-baset Mohammad Abu Rahma, 19. Soldiers also wanted to kidnap Yassin Mohammad Yassin, 21, but he was not at home. The army left an order the home of Abu Rahma order demanding him to turn himself in by 9 a.m.
Several international peace activists tried to intervene; some of them documented the attack and challenged the invading forces while the army responded by firing teargas bombs and concussion grenades.
Soldiers also used a laser beam on some of the activists in an attempt to intimidate them.
The army left the village at 4 am and drove towards the Annexation Wall.
Bil’in is one of the leading examples of active nonviolent resistance against the Annexation Wall, and became the scene of nearly daily attacks by the Israeli forces.