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

Israeli troops invade west Bank communities and arrest civilians and soldiers open fire at Gaza farmers and journalists. These stories, and more, coming up, stay tuned.

Israeli soldiers invaded, on Monday at dawn, Beit Reema village, near the central West Bank city of Ramallah, and kidnapped four residents, including three brothers, and a resident who was shot by the army.

Local sources reported that clashes were reported between dozens of youths and Israeli soldiers invading their village, and that the army fired rounds of live ammunition wounding one resident, who was also kidnapped by the army. The sources added that military helicopters participated in the invasion, and fired flares over different parts of the village.

Also on Monday Israeli soldiers invaded, different parts of the of the northern West Bank district of Nablus, broke into and searched several homes, and kidnapped five Palestinians including a school headmaster, and a Palestinian security officer.

Elsewhere in Gaza Israeli soldiers attacked, Sunday, dozens of Palestinian farmers working on their lands in Khan Younis, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip; damage was reported, no injuries.

Local sources reported that the soldiers, stationed around 200 – 250 meters across the border fired rounds of live ammunition at the Palestinian farmers while working in their land close to the border fence.

Witnesses said that the army opened fire at the farmers and the TV crew that was filming a report on the ongoing Israeli violations against the residents in the coastal region. The added that that the army was unprovoked, and that the residents were just working in their farmlands when the soldiers starting firing at them.

And that’s all for today from the IMEMC News; this was the Monday December 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.