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Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center,, for Tuesday October 9th, 2012.

Settlers cut off olive trees owned by West Bank farmers and Palestinian boy attacked and arrested by Israeli troops in Jerusalem last week was released today. These stories and more, coming up, stay tuned.

Local sources reported that a group of armed extremist settlers of the Aliyea illegal settlement cut dozens of Olive trees that belong to residents of Qaryout village, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus. The settlers cut at least 120 olive trees that belong to twelve residents of the Qaryout village.

Eyewitnesses reported that the settlers used chainsaws to cut the trees. The orchards that have been attacked are located near a number of illegal Israeli settlements. Today, Tuesday October 8, marks the beginning of the olive harvest season in Palestine, especially in orchards that became totally isolated behind the Annexation Wall. Settler attacks against Palestinian villagers and orchards usually escalate during the olive harvest season.

Earlier in the week, On Saturday, Palestinian medical sources in Hebron, in the southern part of the West Bank, reported that dozens of Palestinian villagers, picking their olive trees west of Hebron, were treated for the effects of tear gas inhalation after being attacked by Israeli soldiers.

Israeli soldiers kidnapped, on Tuesday at dawn, the wife of detainee Mohammad Atiyya Abu Warda, after breaking into her home in Al-Fawwar refugee camp, south of Hebron, in the southern part of the West Bank. Amjad Abu Warda was sentenced by an Israeli court to 47 life terms as Israel claims that that he is responsible for several attacks carried out by the Al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of the Hamas movement.

In other news Last Friday, several Israeli policemen, in full riot gear, violently attacked and punched a Palestinian child from Jerusalem and kidnapped him. The child was released Tuesday and was placed under house arrest.

A video captured by Palestinian cameraman, shows several Israeli policemen forcing the child, Hasan Al-Afeefy, onto the ground, face down, while one policeman was punching him to the head and another policeman holding the child’s hand behind his back to cuff him. Another officer then walked to the cameraman to force him to stop filming.

And that’s all for today from the IMEMC News; this was the Tuesday October 9th news round-up from the Occupied Palestinian Territories. For more news and updates please visit our website at Today’s report has been brought to you by Hussam Qassis and me, Ghassan Bannoura.