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Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center, www.imemc.org, for Tuesday, September 6, 2011.

Israel army detains 20 Palestinians and setters attack farmers in the West Bank, these stories and more, coming up, stay tuned.

Israeli forces detained 20 Palestinians across the West Bank overnight. An Israeli military source said that detainees will be questioned by security forces. Local residents at Azzun village near the West Bank city of Qalqilia said that Israeli settlers surrounded the village while the soldiers came into the village and kidnapped a number of people.

At least seven were kidnapped from Azzun and the rest were from other towns and villages.

Moreover, Israeli forces detained Hamas leader Mohammed Abu Teir, from Jerusalem. Abu Teir lives in Kufur Aqab near Ramallah as Israeli authority stripped him from his Jerusalem residency rights.

Eyewitnesses said that troops broke into the home of Abu Teir and ransacked its property before taking him.

Abu Teir is a member of the Palestinian Parliament and has been arrested a number of times by Israel for his involvement with Hamas.

On the other hand, Israeli settlers accompanied by a number of Israeli soldiers assaulted farmers near the entrance of Halhoul near the West Bank city of Hebron, Tuesday morning. Settlers who work at the Gush Etzion settlement compound destroyed vegetables and fruits the farmers were trying to sell for their daily income.

Hussein Saber, one of the farmers said that settlers beat some of the farmers who tried to protect their products.

Settlers has been escalating attacks against Palestinian civilians after the Israeli government removed some structures in a couple of unauthorized settlers outpost in the West Bank. On Monday settlers torched a mosque in Qasra village near Nablus and wrote anti-Arab slogans on the walls of the mosque.

In the meantime, dozens of Palestinians accompanied by Israeli and International peace activists gathered in Al-Walaja village west of Bethlehem in an attempt to stop the uprooting of trees in the village. The Israeli military has been uprooting trees to make way for the segregation wall Israel is building on the village’s land. Troops arrested two protestors one Palestinian and one Israeli and took them to unknown destination. On Monday around 100 trees were uprooted.

Israeli airforce bombarded Al-Nuseirat refugee camp in the central Gaza strip overnight Monday, Palestinian media sources reported. The sources added that some trees and bushes caught fire, but were extinguished by fire fighters, with no injuries.

The Israeli military said the attack comes in response to alleged firing of home-made shells from the Gaza Strip. The military added that the shelling targeted a “weapon manufacturing workshop”.

That was some of the news from Palestine Today, for more updates, please visit our website at www.imemc.org. Thank you for joining us from occupied Bethlehem. This report has been brought to you by Hussam Qassis and me, George Rishmawi.

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