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Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center,, for Wednesday January 2nd, 2013.

Israeli soldiers attacks fishermen in Gaza and arrested residents from the West Bank. These stories, and more, coming up, stay tuned.

The Israeli Navy opened fire, on Wednesday morning, at a number of Palestinian fishing boats at the coasts of Khan Younis and Rafah, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip. Local sources reported that the army fired dozens of rounds of live ammunition at the fishing boats, and forced the fishermen to return to their docks. The sources added that the Navy chased the fishermen despite the fact that they were in the allotted area allowed for Palestinian fishermen.

As part of the ceasefire agreement that ended the Israeli war on Gaza in November 2012, Palestinian fishermen were allowed to fish within 6 nautical miles off the Gaza coast. 191 Palestinians, including children, women and elderly, have been killed by Israeli military fire in Gaza in November, including those killed during the war, while the number of injured Palestinians in the same month reached 1492.

Israeli soldiers kidnapped, on Wednesday at dawn, four Palestinians, former political prisoners, in the Beit Ummar town, north of the southern West Bank city of Hebron; several residents were wounded during clashes that took place with the invading soldiers. local sources reported that among those arrested were Yousef Abu Maria, an activist with the Popular Committee Against the Wall and Settlements.

Moreover Since the first hours of the new year, Israeli settlers carried out numerous attacks against Palestinian property and lands in different parts of the occupied West Bank, and wrote racist graffiti, Palestinian sources reported o Wednesday.

Dozens of armed settlers invaded Qasra village, east of the northern West Bank city of Nablus, surrounded and broke into one home, cut and uprooted around 200 olive trees and saplings.

The settlers also invaded Qaryout village, near Nablus, and violently attacked a resident identified as Hasan Yousef, 55, causing serious injuries. In Hebron, in the southern part of the West Bank, a number of settlers invaded Ithna town, north of the city, and burnt a tractor and a car, and wrote racist graffiti north of the town.

And that’s all for today from the IMEMC News; this was the Wednesday January 2nd, 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.