At least 15 Palestinians were kidnapped by the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) at dawn Monday in an abduction sweep rocking West Bank provinces.

15 Palestinians kidnapped, 4 injured by IOF at crack of dawn.The Israeli radio claimed 12 Palestinians were arrested on allegations of involvement in anti-occupation activities.

A PIC news correspondent said the IOF stormed the al-Arroub refugee camp, in al-Khalil, and kidnapped five youngsters, sparking violent clashes in the area.

The IOF also broke into the home of the slain Palestinian citizen Ibrahim al-Wahadna, in al-Duheisheh camp, to the south of Bethlehem, and summoned his brother Bilal, an instructor, to questioning.

Violent clashes flared up in the area shortly after the IOF soldiers climbed over the rooftops of Palestinian homes.

Israeli snipers also shot and injured four Palestinian youngsters with live ammunition.

Red Crescent paramedics rushed the four injured youths to a local hospital so as to be urgently treated for the leg and knee wounds inflicted by the Israeli snipers.

Youngster Bilal Abu Yabis was arrested by the IOF in the assault while Muadh Al-Zaghari and nurse Ramzi Abu Yabis were summoned to interrogation shortly after the IOF wreaked havoc on their family homes.

At predawn time, four occupation patrols rolled into Burin town, in southern Nablus, and were deployed near the bypass road. A makeshift checkpoint was also pitched near Beit Furik checkpoint, to the east of Nablus.

Eyewitnesses said the occupation troops slapped arbitrary fines on Palestinians driving near Beit Furik and Beit Dajan, in Nablus.

At the same time, the Palestinian ex-prisoner Ahmad Halajiyeh, 50, was kidnapped by the Israeli soldiers from his family home in Jenin and dragged to an unidentified destination.

Heavily-armed Israeli troops were also stationed on the crossroads between Jenin, Haifa, and Nazareth, where flying checkpoints were arbitrarily pitched by the IOF.