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Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center, www.imemc.org, for Monday January 21st, 2013.
Israeli soldiers attack Al Karama village and demolish it, and Palestinian security forces clash with protesters in Ramallah. These stories, and more, coming up, stay tuned.
Israeli soldiers invaded the Ath-Thaheriyya town, near the southern West Bank city of Hebron, and demolished six Palestinian homes and structures. Local sources reported that several armored Israeli military vehicles, accompanied by military bulldozers, invaded the area after sealing the town off the demolished six homes before leaving.
Elsewhere Israeli soldiers kidnapped four Palestinians in the West Bank districts of Jenin and Tubas. The army also demolished a Palestinian home, and a greenhouse, owned by local farmers.
Earlier on Monday at dawn, Israeli soldiers invaded the Bab Al-Karama Palestinian village, installed by Palestinian activists on lands Israel intends to illegally confiscate in Beit Iksa, north west of occupied Jerusalem, and removed all tents and structures.
Palestinian activists in Bab Al-Karama (Gate Of Dignity) stated that the soldiers removed and demolished everything the activists installed, and started forcing them away from the entire area.
Kamal Hababa, head of the Bab Al-Karama village council, stated that a large number of Israeli soldiers, accompanied by military vehicles and bulldozers, invaded the area and removed the structures. The army also continued its siege on the area preventing the residents from reaching Bab Al-Karama.
The new Palestinian ‘village’ was installed on Friday on privately-owned Palestinians lands that belong to the residents of Beit Iksa; the lands are on the area Israeli dubs as E1 where the Netanyahu government intends to build thousands of units for Jewish settlers.
On Sunday at night violent clashes took place between refugees of the Al-Amary refugee camp, near the central West Bank city of Ramallah, and Palestinian Security Forces, leading to several injuries.
The clashes took place after dozens of refugees took off to the streets to protest an Israeli military attack against Palestinian detainees in Eshil Israeli prison, and the Israeli decision to move the detainees to different prisons.
The clashes expanded, on Sunday evening, after the Palestinian security forces tried to disperse local protesters who burnt tires on the Jerusalem-Ramallah road, and managed to block traffic.
Medical sources reported that nearly 20 Palestinian protesters and 15 policemen have been injured; two women were among the wounded. The wounded residents and police were moved to the Palestine Medical Center, while some were treated by field medics.
And that’s all for today from the IMEMC News; this was the Monday January 21st, 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.