Palestine Today 03 18 2015

March 18, 2015 10:50 PM IMEMC Agencies Audio report, Palestine 0
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Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center, www.imemc.org, for Wednesday, March 18th, 2015.

Israeli soldiers injurie a Palestinian man and settlers take over homes in Jerusalem. These stories, and more, coming up, stay tuned.

A Palestinian man was injured, Palestinian medical sources have reported, Wednesday, after Israeli soldiers attacked him on a military roadblock, near Beit Sahour, in the West Bank district of Bethlehem.

he sources said that resident Mohammad al-Bal’awi, in his thirties, suffered various cuts and bruises, and was moved to the Beit Jala Governmental Hospital, in Bethlehem. Al-Bal’awi is from the Deheishe refugee camp, south of Bethlehem.

He was attacked by soldiers who installed a sudden military roadblock near Osh Ghrab area, east of Beit Sahour. Eyewitnesses said the soldiers were punching, kicking and beating him.

Earlier on Wednesday morning, Israeli soldiers kidnapped ten Palestinians, including a woman and five children, in different parts of occupied East Jerusalem, and one in Ramallah. Two children and three teenagers have also been kidnapped in Jerusalem, on Tuesday evening.

In related news, several Israeli military vehicles invaded Ya’bad town, southwest of the northern West Bank city of Jenin, held a family and searched their property.

In other news, Israeli soldiers invaded, Wednesday, two Palestinian villages in the central West Bank district of Tubas, and demolished a home and four residential structures.

Soldiers demolished four residential structures in the Khirbit al-Mathoun village, after violently forcing the families out. The soldiers also invaded Khirbit al-Hadeediyya area, in the Northern Plains east of Tubas, and demolished a home.

The latest attacks are part of numerous repeated violations targeting Palestinian communities, especially Bedouin communities in Tubas, in an attempt to force them to leave for the benefit of illegal construction and expansion of settlements, and for military purposes, including live fire training.

Moreover on Wednesday, Israeli extremists broke into, and occupied, a residential building inhabited by the al-Malhi family, and two lands in Wadi Hilweh, in occupied East Jerusalem.

According to local sources, the extremists forged the properties’ deeds; an issue that enabled the Elad settlement group to invade the building and occupy it. The property in question has four apartments.

Witnesses said that the settlers, and their armed guards changed the locks on all doors, blockaded the windows, while the Police prevented the residents from entering the area, leading to clashes.

And that’s all for today from the IMEMC News; this was the Wednesday, March 18th, 2015 news round-up from the Occupied Palestinian Territories. For more news and updates, please visit our website at www.imemc.org. Today’s report has been brought to you by George Rishmawi and me Ghassan Bannoura.

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