Palestine Today 01 31 2017

February 1, 2017 2:05 AM Ghassan Bannoura 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 Tuesday, January, 31, 2017.

Israeli forces invade West Bank communities strop construction of a home and kidnap civilians. These stories, and more, coming up, stay tuned.

Israeli forces ordered, on Tuesday, a Palestinian from the village of Kardala, east of Tubas in the northern Jordan Valley, to halt construction of both his home and a water pipeline, according to local sources.

Staff from the Israeli Civil Administration notified Tareq Foqaha to stop the construction of his home. The army notified Foqaha to stop work on a 2,000-meter-long water pipeline intended for agricultural purposes in the village.

Israel rarely permits Palestinians to build in land classified as Area C, which accounts for 60 percent of the occupied West Bank and is under full Israeli control, including the Jordan Valley, leaving residents no choice but to build homes without permits.

Elsewhere, Israeli soldiers invaded, earlier Tuesday, the West Bank city of Hebron, and abducted one Palestinian from his home. The soldiers also summoned a former political prisoner, from the nearby Beit Ola town, for interrogation.

Moreover, Israeli soldiers invaded, on Tuesday at dawn, Beit Fajjar and Teqoua’ towns, in the West Bank district of Bethlehem, searched many homes before abducting one Palestinian, and summoning four others for interrogation.

Also on Tuesday, Israeli authorities, on Tuesday, ordered the eviction of Amona Israeli settlement outpost within 48 hours, in preparation to demolish it by February 8.

Amona, located near the West Bank city of Ramallah, was built on private own Palestinian land, where 40 settler families are currently living. The court rule came after Palestinians successfully petitioned Israeli courts for the outpost’s removal. Israel’s Supreme Court had ordered that the outpost be demolished by December 25, but after the residents reached an agreement with the Israeli government to relocate, the demolition date was postponed by 45 days.

Israeli settlements built in the West Bank are illegal under international law. Thanks to settlements, the number of Israeli settlers all over the West Bank now hit over 420,000.

In other news, Dozens of relatives of Palestinians killed during the 2014 Israeli military offensive on the Gaza Strip broke into the office of Palestine TV, on Tuesday. The family members entered the building in the Tal al-Hawa neighborhood of Gaza City, demanding to be given an opportunity to appear live on Palestine TV and discuss their demands to the Palestinian Authority.

One day earlier, members of the committee had shut down an office of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Association, for the families of the wounded and martyrs, to protest the national organization’s failure to transfer allowances. The 50-day offensive caused the deaths of 2,251 Palestinians, 1,462 of them civilians, and 72 Israelis, five of them civilians, according to UN documentation.

And that’s all for today from the IMEMC News; this was the Tuesday, January, 31, 2017, news round-up from the Occupied Palestinian Territories. From 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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