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Two children were injured in Jabalia town in the northern part of the Gaza strip; in the West Bank, clashes between the Israeli army and Palestinian civilians leave two injured. These stories and more, coming up, stay tuned.

The Gaza Update

Two children were injured in Jabalia town in the northern part of the Gaza strip when an unknown object exploded near them on Tuesday morning.

Medical sources in the Gaza strip reported that Hassan Abu Warda, aged 5, and his sister Diane, aged 4, were hit with shrapnel from the explosion.

The two were moved to Kamal Adwan hospital, in Jabalia, for treatment.

On Monday evening, one fighter from the Al Quds Brigades, the armed wing of the Islamic Jihad was killed while preparing explosives in Al Nuseirat refugee camp, in the central Gaza Strip. Mohammad Al Liddawi, 24, was preparing an explosive charge near his home when it detonated. He was seriously injured and died of his wounds three hours later, at Al Shifa Hospital in Gaza.

The Israeli army again prevented Palestinian patients from crossing into Israel in order to get medical treatment in hospitals on Tuesday.

Dr. Moawiya Hasanain, the director of the emergency and ambulance department in the Ministry of Health in Gaza, stated that Israeli soldiers stationed at Beit Hanoun terminal, in the northern part of the Gaza strip, refused to allow a number of Palestinian civilians with severe medical problems to cross to Israel for treatment.

Dr. Hasanain said that among those patients were two children who possessed all the necessary documents, including security clearance. Soldiers, however, detained the ambulances they were traveling in for over 3 hours, and then forced them to return into the Gaza strip.

The West Bank update

On Tuesday afternoon, a protest broke out in the West Bank village of Beitunia, near Ramallah. Media sources reported that angered Palestinian civilians threw stones at Israeli forces and tried to dismantle part of the illegal wall being built on the village land. Troops shot and injured two civilians, who were rushed to Ramallah Hospital by the Red Crescent. At the time of this report, no sources have reported why Israeli troops were present in the village.

Israeli forces invaded several areas throughout the West Bank on Tuesday morning, and abducted 12 Palestinian civilians.

In the southern part of the West Bank, the Israeli army invaded the village of Zawita near Nablus city. Soldiers searched and ransacked a number of homes, before abducting Islam Judah, 18, and Mihsin Albawi, 23, and taken them to an unspecified detention camp.

Also in the northern part of the West Bank, an Israeli military force invaded the city of Jenin, Jenin refugee camp, and the nearby villages of Kufer Ra’ie and Qabatia. Three civilians were abducted.

Dia’e Milhem, aged 22, and Mahmod Milhem, 21, were taken from their homes in Kufer Ra’ie village while Ahmad Abu Al Rub was taken from his home in Qabatia village, south of Jenin.

In Jenin city and Jenin refugee camp, Israeli forces invaded the area and started to search homes. Clashes erupted between invading troops and local resistance fighters. The army left without making any abductions, and no injuries were reported on either side.

Tulkarem city, located in the northern part of the West Bank, was attacked on Tuesday morning; soldiers invaded the city and searched some houses before leaving. No abductions were reported, local sources stated.

Six Palestinian civilians were taken from the southern part of the West Bank. Israeli forces invaded several areas in Hebron city, and nearby villages, and abducted four men. The identities of those abducted were revealed as; Shahir Ghalion, aged 45, from Hebron city, Salah Abu Rass, and Fo’ad Jiribat, from Al Tabaka village. Mohamed Amro and Omer Al Atrash, taken from Dura village.

In Al Duha village near Bethlehem city, Israeli troops surrounded the house of Rami Quniess and searched it, before taking the man to an unspecified detention camp.

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