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Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center,, for Wednesday October 17th, 2012.

Israel continues to bombards the Gaza Strip and seven residents from the West Bank are kidnapped by Israeli troops. These stories, and more, coming up, stay tuned.

The Israeli Air Force bombarded, on Wednesday at dawn, a training center that belongs to the Al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of the Hamas movement in northern Gaza. The Qassam Brigades said that the army attempted to assassinate some of its fighters.

Local news sources reported that Israeli F16 war jets fired five missiles into the Qassam training center, located near a residential area, in Beit Lahia, in the northern part of the Gaza Strip. The shelling led to massive destruction but no casualties.

The Al-Qassam Brigades said that the army attempted to assassinate some of its senior fighters, but they managed to escape the shelling unharmed. The Brigades added that its fighters managed to fire three missiles into the Eshkol Regional Council, in the Negev.

Staying in Gaza, Israeli navy gunboats fired dozens of rounds of live ammunition at Palestinian fishing boats in the Gaza Coast, and the Central Area of the coastal region; no damages or injuries were reported.

Israel repeatedly targets Palestinian fishermen and fishing boats in the Gaza Strip; dozens of casualties were reported, damage was also reported to dozens of fishing boats. Last week, four fishermen were kidnapped by the Israeli Navy, and their boats were confiscated.

Elsewhere, Israeli soldiers invaded, on Wednesday at dawn, Bethlehen city, southern West Bank and searched homes and later clashed with dozens of local youths who hurled stones and empty bottles at them.

In other incidents several residents were kidnapped in occupied East Jerusalem and other areas in the West Bank during dawn invasions by the Israeli military.

And that’s all for today from the IMEMC News; this was the Wednesday October 17th 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.