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Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center, www.imemc.org, for Wednesday January 23rd, 2013.
Israeli troops arrest six Palestinian during dawn invasions targeting West Bank communities and attack workers at a checkpoint. These stories, and more, coming up, stay tuned.
Israeli soldiers invaded different parts of the occupied West Bank on Wednesday at dawn, broke into and searched several homes, and kidnapped six Palestinians, including two children, before taking them to a number of military interrogation centers.
Israeli invasions were reported in the southern West Bank cities of Bethlehem and Hebron in addition to Jenin city in the north.
Later in the day Palestinian medical sources reported that dozens of Palestinian workers have been treated for the effects of teargas inhalation after the army attacked them at the At-Taiba roadblock, near the northern West Bank city of Tulkarem.
Eyewitnesses reported that the army closed the roadblock nearly at 5 at dawn, and prevented the workers from heading to their construction sites in Israel. They all carried valid work permits.
The soldiers ordered the workers to go back home and hurled several gas grenades at them leading to dozens of injuries.
In the Gaza Strip on Wednesday, Israeli soldiers conducted a limited invasion into Beit Hanoun, in the northern part of the coastal region, and fired several rounds of live ammunition at random.
Armored military bulldozers uprooted Palestinian lands close to the border area; soldiers withdrew from the area later on, no clashes were reported.
In other news, the Israeli Central Election Committee announced today the final results of the general Israeli election that was held Tuesday, leading to a marginal victory of the right wing Likud-Yisrael Beiteinu coalition.
The coalition between the Likud Party, headed by Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, and the extreme right wing Israel Our Home Party headed by Avigdor Lieberman, managed to garner 31 seats despite polls that predicted the coalition would garner 42 seats, Israeli news sources reported.
And that’s all for today from the IMEMC News; this was the Wednesday January 23rd, 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.