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Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Centre,, for Thursday, December 3ed, 2009.

Israeli troops kidnap Palestinian civilians from the West Bank while tanks open fire on homes in the Gaza Strip. These stories and more coming up, stay tuned.

The News Cast

The Israeli military kidnapped 15 Palestinian civilians on Thursday during invasions targeting West Bank communities.

Local sources reported that the Israeli army searched and ransacked homes in Ramallah, in the central West Bank and in Jenin and Nablus, and nearby villages in the northern West Bank.

The Israeli army radio announced that those kidnapped were taken to military detention camps for questioning

Staying in the West Bank, Israeli military sources announced that troops found two home-made bombs near an army base in the central west Bank.

The military said that troops detonated the two bombs in controlled explosions.

No Palestinian group has claimed responsibility for the bombs.
Elsewhere a number of Israeli tanks and bulldozers invaded border areas close to Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip and opened fire on residents’ homes.

Witnesses said tanks advanced from the Israeli Egyptian border to Rafah, while bulldozers destroyed farm lands as the tanks opened fire on nearby homes. Residents told local media that their homes sustained damage but that no one was injured.

In related news the Israeli military allowed food aid and fuel into the Gaza Strip on Thursday. Palestinian sources announced that around 121 trucks loaded with aid supplies and fuel were due to enter the strip via the Karem Abu Salem crossing while another 110 trucks loaded with flour would enter via the Al Mintar crossing.


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