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Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Centre, www.imemc.org, for Thursday, January 14th, 2010.
Israeli settlers attack farmers in the West Bank, whilst troops kidnap 12 civilians in pre-dawn invasions. These stories and more, coming up, stay tuned.
The News Cast
12 Palestinian civilians were kidnapped on Thursday by Israeli troops during military invasions targeting a number of West Bank communities.
Local sources reported invasions of the southern West Bank cities of Bethlehem and Hebron, in addition to Nablus and Jenin in the north as well as Ramallah, central West Bank. The Israeli army radio announced that all those kidnapped were taken to military detention camps for questioning.
Elsewhere on Thursday, Israeli settlers destroyed three Palestinian-owned cars at a village in northern West Bank.
Local sources announced that settlers from the illegal settlement of Shafet Jilad attacked the village of Amateen near Nablus city. The Settlers’ rampage ended by the morning and no one was injured, but three cars owned by the villagers were destroyed, witnesses reported.
In related news, Palestinian farmers from Yatta village southern West Bank accused Israeli settlers of destroying 70 of their trees on Thursday. The farmers reported that as they arrived to their lands this morning, they found that 70 of their trees had been uprooted.
The lands are located near the illegal settlement of Ma’on. Settlers from Ma’on attack the villagers of Yatta regularly in an attempt to take over the land in an effort to expand the settlement, farmers reported. Ma’on settlement is built on land that was stolen by the settlers from the villagers of Yatta and nearby Palestinian villages.
In other news a bomb exploded Thursday afternoon near an Israeli diplomat’s car near the Allenby Bridge crossing between Jordan and the West Bank.
According to media sources, three Israeli diplomats were crossing the borders to Jordan when the explosion took place. No one was hurt in the blast. The Israeli government refused to comment on the incident and said it is investigating the matter, Israeli media sources reported.
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