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The army invades northern Gaza, killing one Palestinian and kidnapping 27. While in the West Bank Israeli troops close Hebron Old city, these stories and more coming up stay tuned.

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The Israeli army killed one Palestinian resistance fighter, injured four others and kidnapped at least 27 civilians during an invasion targeting the northern part of the Gaza strip on Monday.

On Monday at dawn Israeli tanks and bulldozers invaded the town of Beit Hannon, located in the northern part of the Gaza Strip, troops searched and ransacked homes then kidnapped 27 civilians from one family, local sources reported.

Al Qassam Brigades the armed wing of the Hamas movement said that Ikremah Abu Odah, 22, one of their brigades fighters were killed and four other civilians were injured when an Israeli drone fired missiles at a group of resistance fighters who were trying to prevent the army from invading.

Witnesses said that troops left Beit Hannon late on Monday morning. Meanwhile another civilian was killed overnight during an Israeli air raid targeting the city of Rafah in the southern part of the coastal region.

Internally Palestinian local sources reported that a group of unknown gunmen detonated a home-made bomb near the Al Dera Tourist hotel west of Gaza city on Monday morning.

The hotel is the place where all foreign journalists are known to stay. Witnesses said that the home made bomb exploded near the hotel. Ambulance cars and firefighting brigades rushed to the scene, damage to the hotel was reported but no injures. No Palestinian group has claimed responsibility of the attack.

In the West Bank on Monday, the Israeli attacked and closed shops in the old part of Hebron city, in addition the troops did not allow Palestinians inside the Ibrahemi mosque – also known as the tomb of patriarchies.

On Monday at dawn several army invasions were reported throughout the West Bank, local sources reported that the Israeli army kidnapped at least five Palestinian civilians during those attacks.


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