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Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center forThursday April 15, 2010.

Israeli military kidnaps 13 Palestinians in the West Bank, while Hamas implements death penalty against two Palestinians in Gaza, these stories and more are coming up, stay tuned.

The News Cast
Palestinian medical sources reported on Wednesday evening that a 10-year-old child was wounded by a rubber-coated steel bullet fired by an Israeli soldier at protesters near Beit Ummar town, near the southern West Bank city of Hebron.

Mohammad Ayyad, spokesperson of the Palestine Solidarity Project, said the child was wounded during a protest held by the resident near the Carme Tzur illegal Israeli settlement, during which they demanded to be allowed into their farmlands.

In other news, Israeli troop kidnapped 13 Palestinians from the West Bank on Thursday morning, during pre-dawn invasions into Nablus, Tubas and Bethlehem areas.

Palestinian media sources reported that Israeli military invaded Askar camp for Palestinian refugees near Nablus and kidnapped three Palestinian youth. The source added that the three were blindfolded and taken to an unknown destination.

Meanwhile, in Tubas, eight residents were kidnapped when Israeli troops invaded the city in the early hours of the morning. Residents said troops broke into homes and ransacked them before they kidnap the eight youth and leave.

Eyewitnesses reported that troops opened random fire wounding Jalal Mubarak 21 and kidnapped him. Soldiers assaulted Wafa Eliyat as she was trying to protect Mubarak from being kidnapped. She suffered bruises in her arms and back as troops used their batons to beat her.

In the meantime, Mu’aath and Fadi Sabbah, both 17 were kidnapped form their homes by Israeli soldiers who invaded the village of Tiqua’a east of Bethlehem, Thursday morning.

In the Gaza strip, Israeli tanks stationed near Karm abu Salem border crossing, southern Gaza Strip, opened fire at residential areas, however, no injuries were reported. Reason behind the fire remains unknown, yet, residents in that area told media that this is a frequent act by the Israeli military stationed there.

Staying in the Gaza Strip, the deposed Hamas government in Gaza executed, by firing squad, two Palestinians convicted of collaborating with the Israeli Intelligence.

The Palestinian Information Center, affiliated with Hamas identified the two as Nasser Abu Freih, a police officer and Mohammad Al Sabe’, both were convicted of collaborating with “hostile entities, murder and accessory to murder.

The execution was met by wide criticism by Human Rights organizations, while Human Rights Watch described their execution method, cruel and inhumane, the rival Fatah party said the entire trial is illegal.

The Palestinian Law requires a written and signed approval by the President before any execution is carried out, an approval that the Gaza government never received.

Thank you for joining us from occupied Bethlehem, you have been listening to Palestine Today from the International Middle East Media Center, this report has been brought to you by George Rishmawi.