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Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center, www.imemc.org, for Monday December 31st, 2012.
The military orders Palestinians families to move out of their village in the West Bank and repot documents Israeli troop’s arrests in Hebron city in December. These stories, and more, coming up, stay tuned.
Head of the Wadi Al-Maleh area, in the northern plains of the occupied West Bank, Aref Daraghma, stated that the Israeli army intends to displace around 10000 Palestinian Bedouins in the area in order to conduct military training. Daraghma said that the Israeli army handed written military orders to the residents stating that they should leave as the soldiers will be using live ammunition in military drills in the area.
He added that the grazing area, inhabited by the shepherds, includes Wadi Al-Maleh, Ein Al-Hilwa, Al-Faw Valley, Al-Meeta, Al-Borj, and other villages. The army informed the residents that they have until the morning of this coming Wednesday before the army conducts its trainings in the northern plains. Israel performed similar military drills in the areas last summer forcing dozens of families to leave their homes seeking shelter in other areas until all drills were concluded.
In other news the Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) – Hebron branch, reported that the Israeli army kidnapped since the begging of this month 88 Palestinians in the southern West Bank city of Hebron, including 12 children, and 18 patients.
The PPS said that the Israeli army conducted numerous violations against the kidnapped Palestinians, including firing rounds of live ammunition in the course of their arrest, physically assaulted the residents, including beating them, kicking them, striking them with rifles and batons, an issue that led to serious injuries.
The PPS added that the army kidnapped, in December, 12 children in direct violation of article #40 of the International Convention on the Rights of the Child of 1989, kidnapped 18 patients and wounded Palestinians who were tortured and abused during interrogation.
The PPS also reported that the Ofer Israeli military court imposed fines that mounted to 36.000 NIS against the Palestinian detainees in December, and said that Israeli military courts “are practicing theft by imposing very high fines against the detainees and their families”.
And that’s all for today from the IMEMC News; this was the Monday December 31st, news round-up from the Occupied Palestinian Territories. For more news and updates please visit our website at www.imemc.org. On behalf of the IMEMC News team, we wish you had a Merry Christmas and hope for a better new year in 2013.Today’s report has been brought to you by Hussam Qassis and me, Ghassan Bannoura.