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Welcome to Palestine Today on this Tuesday 10 of May 2011. This is the daily round up of today’s events from around Palestine as brought to you by the International Middle East Media Centre, www.imemc.org. I am David Steele
Israeli soldiers invaded on Monday afternoon the southern area of the northern West Bank city of Jenin, and surrounded the Jenin branch of the Al Quds Open University.
Eyewitnesses reported that several armored military vehicles invaded the Bir Jamal area and sealed several roads leading to the university.
On Monday at dawn, Israeli soldiers abducted four Palestinians during a number of invasions and attacks targeting several areas in the occupied West Bank. The army broke into several homes forcing the residents, including children, out of their homes for several hours while the soldiers violently searched the properties causing damage.
Israeli soldiers invaded on Monday the Fasayel village, north of the West Bank city of Jericho, broke into a home and installed a roadblock. Local sources reported that the army violently broke into a home in the village causing damage, while the soldiers interrogated the residents.
Troops also installed a roadblock at the southern entrance of Jericho, stopped dozens of vehicles and interrogated several residents while checking their ID cards. The army claimed that it is searching for farm tractors “illegally” own by several residents. In related news, a group of fundamentalist Israeli settlers closed Road #60, near Fasayel village, and placed rocks in the street.
Local sources reported that the Israeli Authorities started the construction of a segment of the illegal Israeli Annexation Wall, around Qalandia Palestinian town, north of occupied East Jerusalem.
The wall devastates the educational, social and economic lives of the residents and also denies them access to medical facilities in Jerusalem and the West Bank. There are at least 1100 Palestinians living in Qalandia and they fear that they will eventually be living in a ghetto, isolated from the rest of the West Bank.
The Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad has said his administration is unable to pay the wages of its some 150,000 employees due to Israel’s refusal to transfer Palestinian tax to the Palestinian Authority. The government wages have gone un-paid since their due date of May 5th. Palestinian leaders claim it is the first time in 4 years that the wages have gone un-paid.
That is all for today from the Palestinian Occupied Territories. Please join us again tomorrow for our weekly roundup of the news. Alternatively you can read our coverage on www.imemc.org. This was brought to you by Husam Qassis and me David steele