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The Israeli army kills five Palestinians in the Gaza Strip and kidnaps 14 others in the West Bank, these stories and more coming up stay tuned.

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Palestinian sources said that the Israeli army conducted two air raids targeting the southern part of the Gaza strip on Tuesday, midday. Five were killed and two injured.

In the first attack Israeli jet fighters attacked a car east of Khan Younis city, five were killed; reports said that those five are activists of Islamic Jihad.

Meanwhile another Israeli air attack targeted the town of Dier Al Balah. Medical sources said that two Palestinian civilians were injured, one critically.

Elsewhere, the Israeli army conducted operations through several parts of the West Bank and kidnapped 14 Palestinian civilians on Tuesday at dawn. Palestinian sources said that seven of those kidnapped civilians, among them a man and his wife, were taken during an Israeli attack targeting the West Bank city of Nablus and near by villages.

In addition the sources said that Israeli troops attacked a building in central Nablus city and left some damage there.

Israeli army sources said that all those kidnapped were on what the army’s ‘Wanted List’, meanwhile Palestinian sources confirmed that the kidnapped are all civilians.

Moreover Two Palestinian families from Jerusalem on Tuesday received demolishing notes from the Israeli high Court of justice. The note that was submitted to the al-Qastero and al-Hashim families ordered them to leave their homes that are located in the old city of Jerusalem within 14 days.

The court order was based on a petition submitted by Yishva Hiyim Oaleem, an Israeli settler’s organization, on claims that the two families’ homes were owned by the organization prior to 1984.

The families informed the Palestinian Prime Minister Advisor for Jerusalem affairs Hatem abed al-Qader, who for his part assigned a lawyer to issue an urgent court ruling against the eviction order. The families said that they lived in their homes before 1976.


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