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Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center,, for Monday January 14th, 2013.

A worker dies in Gaza as a tunnel collapses while Israeli troops arrest nine civilians from West Bank communities. These stories, and more, coming up, stay tuned.

Israeli soldiers kidnapped, on Monday at dawn, nine Palestinians in the West Bank districts of Bethlehem, Jenin, Nablus, Hebron and Jerusalem. Local news sources reported that the army invaded Beit Fajjar town, in the Bethlehem district, broke into and searched a number of homes, then kidnapped two residents.

In Hebron, in the southern part of the West Bank, the soldiers invaded Beit Ummar town, and kidnapped three residents after breaking into and searching their homes. Another civilian was kidnapped from the city of Jenin and one more man from Nablus city. Two residents were arrested by Israeli troops during homes searches in Jerusalem city.

In other news the Israeli government published plans for the construction of additional 170 units, and 84 “guestroom”, for Jewish settlers in Rote m illegal settlement, in the Jordan valley, Hagit Ofran of Israel’s Peace Now movement said.

Ofran stated that the construction has been previously authorized by Israel, and that what have been declared recently is the construction plan. Construction maps were submitted last week for review; they include 200 homes (30 have already been built), in addition to construction plans for 84 “guestrooms”.

Ofran further stated that the Israeli public has 60 days for file objections, and that after all objections, if any, have been reviewed, the Construction and Planning Committee will be deciding whether to approve or reject the plan (although a rejection is a rare occurrence).

Elsewhere on Sunday Palestinian medical sources in Rafah, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip, reported that one Palestinian was killed and three others were injured when a siege-busting tunnel on the border with Egypt collapsed on them.

The sources said that rescue teams managed to save three wounded tunnel workers from under the rubble, while a fourth suffocated before he was rescued.

And that’s all for today from the IMEMC News; this was the Monday January 14th, 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.