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Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Centre,, for Wednesday, December 31st, 2009

Israeli troops kidnap civilians from the West Bank while settlers uproot trees. These stories and more, coming up, stay tuned.

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11 Palestinian civilians were kidnapped by Israeli troops on Thursday during pre dawn military invasions targeting a number of west Bank communities.

Local sources reported invasions in the West Bank city of Ramallah, central West Bank, as well as Nablus and Qalqilia in the north.

The Israeli military announced that all those kidnapped were taken to military detention camps for questioning. Since the start of this week, Israeli troops have kidnapped 18 Palestinian civilians from various parts of the West Bank during pre dawn invasions.

Meanwhile Israeli settlers uprooted trees and destroy natural spring water on Thursday that belongs to the villagers of Qarawit Bani Hassan in northern West Bank.

The villagers told local Media that the settlers have destroyed the natural water spring that supplies the village and that its is their only source of water.

The settlers commenced their attack under the protection of the Israeli military, the villagers added. The settlers came from the nearby settlement of Yaker, an illegal Israeli settlement built on land that was taken from the villagers of Qarawit Bani Hassan.

Also on Thursday The Israeli military leveled two animal huts that belong to a Palestinian farmer from Al Baqabra village near Hebron, southern West Bank.

The owner, Ghalib Al Za’tari, told local Media that the he used those two huts for his sheep. The military said the huts are build without permission. These huts were built on land owned by Al Za’tari and his family.

In other news, scores of peace activists protested in commemoration of the one year anniversary of the Israeli war on Gaza. The war, which started on December 27th 2008 and ended on January 17th 2009, claimed the lives of 1,500 Palestinians and left at least 6,000 others injured.

On Thursday morning Israeli activists, along with international supporters protest at the Erez crossing between Israel and Gaza. Later in the day Palestinians along with international supporters gathered at the Nativity church in the southern West Bank city of Bethlehem.


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