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Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center, www.imemc.org, for Thursday, March 31, 2011.
Israeli troops kidnap four Palestinians meanwhile settlers attack Palestinian vehicles in the West Bank, these stories and more, coming up, stay tuned.
The Israeli forces kidnapped this morning four civilians in the Hebron area including a member of the Palestinian Parliament.
Troops invaded the city in the morning hours and broke into the house of Mohammad Badr form the Islamic “Change and Reform” parliamentary bloc of Hamas, and took him to unknown destination.
Israeli troops also invaded the nearby town of Beit Ommar and kidnapped three civilians form the village. The three young men were identified as Nidal Za’akeek 19, Mohammad Zaakeek, 16 and Shihdeh Adi 18 years old. The three were seen handcuffed, blind-folded and were taken to unknown location.
Mohamed Awad, media spokesman of the National Committee Against the Wall and the Settlements confirmed that the Israeli military continue to close the entrances to the town of Beit Ommar for the ninth consecutive day, because of the ongoing nonviolent resistance to the construction of the wall and settlements.
In the northern West Bank, Israeli settlers attacked a number of Palestinian vehicles with stones and empty bottles, near Jenin, on Thursday. A number of civilians were wounded as a result of the shattered glass, witnesses said, adding that some other by-passers were also wounded.
The wounded were hospitalized and their wounds were reported as moderate.
Local sources in Jenin told media that the settlers came from the illegal settlement of Mabu Dutan near the city.
In a separate incident, a Palestinian woman was hospitalized after she was stoned by Israeli settlers near Al-Jalazoun refugee camp near the West Bank city of Ramallah.
Rola Al-Qawasmi, 36 was attacked while driving her car by Israeli settlers and suffered moderate wounds, according to medical sources.
Also in the West Bank, Israeli police and secret service broke into the house of Jawad Siyam, a Palestinian nonviolent activist and photographer and searched it.
Siyam said there was no one at home when police broke the front door and entered the house. Siyam was under house-arrest for some time, but the order was lifted by the Israeli magistrate court on Wednesday.
That sums up our news for today, thank you for joining us from occupied Bethlehem. You have been listening to Palestine Today from the International Middle East Media Center. For more updates please visit our website at www.imemc.org. This report has been brought to you by Husam Qassis and me George Rishmawi.