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Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center for Thursday May 6th, 2010.

Israeli troops injures three civilians during an anti wall protest in the West Bank and detain 33 others in morning invasions. These stories and more, coming up, stay tuned.

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Israeli troops injured three Palestinian civilians and detained three others on Thursday during an anti wall protest in Al Walaja village near the southern West Bank city of Bethlehem.

Villagers of Al Walaja along with international and Israeli supporters tried to stop military bulldozers from uprooting olive trees to make way for the wall construction.

People managed to stop bulldozers by forming a human chain in its path. Israeli troops used pepper spray and batons to move the protesters away; three villagers were moved to hospital after sustaining moderate wounds due to the soldiers attack.

Troops also detained three Palestinian protesters; Israel resumed work at this section of the wall last month. Villagers say the army bulldozers had uprooted 100 olive trees owned by local farmers so far. Some of those olive trees date back to the Roman Era, farmers added.

Also on Thursday, Israeli soldiers detained 33 Palestinian civilians during morning invasions targeting West Bank communities.

The military targeted the cities of Bethlehem, southern West Bank, the nearby town of Taqua in addition to the northern city of Tubass and the nearby Qabatiya town and Al Far’a refugee camp.

In other news, around 100 Israeli settlers clashed with Israeli police forces today when officers tried to remove homes at the settlement of Hashmonaim, northern West Bank.

Police forces managed to demolish two homes before settlers stopped them from leveling a third, Israeli media sources reported. There are half a million settlers living in the West Bank settlements. All those settlement are illegal according to international law.


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