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Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center,, for Monday, August 16th, 2010.

Israeli military abduct youth and settlers uproot olive in the West Bank, these stories and more coming up, stay tuned.

Israeli soldiers abducted two Palestinians in Hebron area on Monday morning. Eyewitnesses reported that Israeli troops kidnapped Tamer Ahmaro, 14, in Al Fawwar refugee camp in Hebron and Osama Al Najjar, 40, in Al Thahiriyya town south of Hebron. Both were taken from their homes and were taken to unknown destination.

In the meantime, 10 years old Enas Mazin Qa’qour, , was admitted on Sunday at night to the Hebron Governmental Hospital suffering from various bruises after being attacked by a number of Jewish settlers in Tal Romeida neighbourhood in the city.

The child was playing in the neighbourhood when a group of extremist settlers violently attacked her without any provocation, local sources reported. Some years ago, Israeli settlers forcefully occupied Palestinian houses and setup an illegal settlement inside the city of Hebron with protection provided by the Israeli military.

In related news, Sameh Al Natsha, 8, was hospitalised in Hebron after being rammed by an Israeli military jeep; his condition was described as moderate but stable.

Staying in the West Bank, a number of Israeli settlers uprooted olive trees from a farm land near Nablus which belongs to Abdelhameed Muhsen.

Muhsen said that the settlers came from the nearby settlement of Shivut Rahael and have uprooted around 250 small olive trees, adding that this will affect his business for the coming two years.

In Bethlehem, Israeli authorities decided to remove a section of the wall in the northwestern part of Bethlehem area. However, meters away, Israel continue to construct an alternative section of the wall that will surround and isolate the village of Al-Walaja.

Palestinians living in the area say the removal of the section of barrier is just a formality, when the actual Annexation Wall is being constructed directly southwest of the structure being removed. The section of Annexation Wall currently under construction near Gilo is being built on land seized from the village of Al-Walaja, where weekly demonstrations have been held each for nearly a year.

In the Gaza Strip, eyewitnesses said that a number of Israeli bulldozers accompanied by armoured military vehicles entered the coastal region and bulldozed some farmlands in the eastern area of Rafah in the southern part of the Gaza Strip. Troops and bulldozers left without any clashes with the residents.

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