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Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center, www.imemc.org, for Tuesday January 15th, 2013.
Palestinian teenager killed by the Israeli army fie and troops injuries 17 residents in two separate incidents in central West Bank. These stories, and more, coming up, stay tuned.
A17-year-old Palestinian was shot and killed by Israeli soldiers, on Tuesday midday, as he walked near his school close to the Israeli Annexation Wall in Bodros village, near the central West Bank city of Ramallah. The slain young Palestinian has been identified as Samir Ahmad Abdul-Rahim, 17. He was shot as he and his schoolmates were leaving school.
Local sources reported that the army was heavily deployed in the school area, and repeatedly provoked dozens of students, an issue that led to clashes between the soldiers and some students. The army then fired several rounds of live ammunition hitting Samir with several rounds to the head, chest and leg.
He was moved to a local hospital but succumbed to his serious injuries despite all attempts to save his life.
In other news Several Palestinian farmers, from Tequa’ village, east of Bethlehem, were injured on Tuesday after being attacked by a group of extremist settlers as they were heading to their lands.
Local news sources reported that several members of the As-Sabah family were violently attacked and beaten by extremist settlers as they entered their own lands, close to the Nokadim illegal settlement, built on privately-owned lands that belong to the villagers.
The sources added that the settlers placed a mobile home and a barn for their sheep, in the land of As-Sabah family.
The residents saw the settlers in their lands and asked them to leave, but the settlers refused and attacked them. When Israeli soldiers arrived at the scene, they fired gas bombs and concussion grenades at several farmers in the area leading to more injuries.
Later on Tuesday afternoon, 11 nonviolent peace activists, and 7 reporters, have been injured when Israeli soldiers attacked a group of activists trying to reach the Bab Al-Shams, the new village project meant to counter the illegal Israeli E1 settlement plan in occupied East Jerusalem. Several activists have been kidnapped.
The army prevented dozens of residents from reaching Bab Al-Shams but several youths managed to reach it, and the army started firing gas bombs and rubber-coated metal bullets, and chased dozens of residents in the surrounding hills.
The army also prevented Palestinian ambulances from reaching the area to provide the urgently needed care for wounded residents, and also prevented dozens of reporters from performing their duties.
And that’s all for today from the IMEMC News; this was the Tuesday January 15th, news round-up from the Occupied Palestinian Territories. For more news and updates please visit our website at www.imemc.org. Today’s report has been brought to you by Hussam Qassis and me, Ghassan Bannoura.