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Palestinian resistance fighters survive an apparent assassination attack in northern Gaza, while in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Israeli troops injure a local Journalist, these stories and more coming up stay tuned.

The Gaza Update

Palestinian sources in Gaza reported that several fighters of the Al Quds Brigades, the armed wing of the Islamic Jihad survived an apparent assassination attack in Beit Hanoun, in the northern part of the Gaza Strip.

The Israeli army fired a surface missile at a group of fighters who had gathered near Al Qaraman Street, in the southern part of Beit Hanoun, but the group managed to escape unharmed.

According to the Israeli military, the missile was fired from a military base outside  of the Gaza Strip toward Palestinians who appeared to be preparing a homemade missile to launch into Israel.

The West Bank Update

On Tuesday midday, in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Haitham Al Omary, a journalist working with the Al Arabiyya news channel was injured in an Israeli military invasion of Al Masayif neighborhood.

Israeli soldiers, backed by at least eight military vehicles, invaded the neighborhood after surrounding it, and fired concussion grenades and gas bombs toward Palestinian homes.

The Israeli army invaded several West Bank cities and villages, and took 15 Palestinian men prisoner today.  In the southern West Bank city of Hebron troops invaded the villages of Sourif, Al Soura, and Al Riha, as well as Al Fawwar refugee camp and took seven prisoners on Tuesday morning.

During the invasions, Israeli soldiers fired randomly at local residents' homes, ransacked and searched the homes, before taking the seven to unknown locations.

Local Palestinian sources identified the abducted men as, Mohannad Jubran, 31, Hamed Al Houar, 40, Abd-Allah Ighnimat, 23, from Sourif village, Samier Awaoudah, 26, and Mohamed Al Massri, from Al Soura village, Ihssan Abu Wardah, 27, from Al Fouar refugee camp, and Isma'el Al Tubassi, from Al Riha village.

Israeli troops stationed at a military checkpoint near the Ibrahimi mosque in the old town of Hebron, took one teenager prisoner on Tuesday. Mohamed Al Maharmah, 17, was abducted after Israeli soldiers examined his ID, eyewitnesses reported.

Israeli forces invaded the village of Ithna, west of Hebron, on Tuesday afternoon. Soldiers invaded the village and attacked school boys with rubber-coated bullets and tear gas. The youth responded by throwing stones at the soldiers. No injuries were reported, but several cars were hit by rubber-coated bullets fired by the army.

Israeli troops also invaded the city of Bethlehem, and surrounded the houses of Jalal Salhab, 24, and Omar Habib, 27.  Soldiers searched and ransacked the homes, then abducted the two men.  Sources in the city said the Israeli army has increased its presence at the entrances to the city of Bethlehem area and tightened the closure. 

Also on  Tuesday morning, in the northern part of the West Bank, Israeli army vehicles and troops invaded the city of Nablus, and the adjacent Balata and Askar refugee camps and took five residents prisoner.
Soldiers opened fire at homes in the refugee camp, as well as searching and ransacking a number of homes.  During the searches, soldiers abducted Mohamed Abu Jaradah, 21, from Askar refugee camp,  Mohamed Abu Aiyash, 22, Khalil Abu Hamadah, 25, and Sa'ed Khalifa, 22, from Balata refugee camp, and Amer Yamin, 20, from the city of Nablus, local sources reported.


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