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Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center, www.imemc.org, for Wednesday October 3rd, 2012.
Israeli troops invade West Bank communities and arrest 10 civilians while settlers build a new settlement on lands stolen from local farmers. These stories and more, coming up, stay tuned.
Israeli soldiers kidnapped, on Wednesday morning, ten Palestinians, including children in the southern West Bank city of Hebron, and the northern West Bank districts of Qalqilia and Jenin. The army broke into and searched several homes after forcing the residents out.
In a separate incident Israeli media sources reported that three Molotov cocktails were hurled at a military base south of Bethlehem; no injuries were reported. The army initiated a search campaign in the area.
Meanwhile Israeli settlers started on Wednesday to build a new settlement on lands owned by Palestinian farmers from the village of Yanun in northern West Bank.
Local sources said that Israeli bulldozers destroyed farm lands then settlers arrived and installed caravans and water tanks.
Also on Wednesday The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in the occupied Palestinian territory (OCHA) issued a new report accusing Israel of continuing its serious violations against the Palestinian people, and of preventing access to basic services.
OCHA said that the majority of these restrictions were enforced during the first four years of the Al-Aqsa Intifada (September 28, 2000), and added that most of these restrictions are still in place despite the significant improvement of the security situation.
It is worth mentioning that on November 1st, an international committee will be arriving in Palestine to investigate Israel’s settlement activities in the occupied West Bank, including in occupied East Jerusalem, and the impacts of these violations on the Palestinian people.
Several Israeli officials previously stated that Israel will not cooperate with the delegates, and claimed that Israel is trying to ease the suffering of the Palestinians, but certain restrictions “are essential” to provide protection for the settlers and the soldiers.
And that’s all for today from the IMEMC News; this was the Wednesday October 3rd news round-up from the Occupied Palestinian Territories. For more news and updates please visit our website at www.imemc.org. Today’s report has been brought to you by Hussam Qassis and me, Ghassan Bannoura.