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Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center, www.imemc.org, for Thursday January 24th, 2013.
Seven injured in clashes between Israeli soldiers and local youth in Bethlehem city and army tanks invade parts of the Gaza Strips. These stories, and more, coming up, stay tuned.
Seven Palestinians were injured during clashes between local youth and Israeli soldiers in the southern West Bank city of Bethlehem. The clashes started on Wednesday night and lasted until Thursday early dawn hours. The clashes in Bethlehem started after the funeral of two young Palestinians who were killed by Israeli army gunfire on Wednesday.
Saleh Al-Amareen, 15, was shot by a live round in the head last Friday by Israeli soldiers. He remained in a critical condition at the local hospital in the city until he died of his injuries on Wednesday.
Lobna Hannash, 21, was shot by a live round to the head, and died of her serious injuries at the Intensive Care Unit.
Hannash was killed when she was on her way to her university in the nearby city of Hebron when soldiers opened at the car she was in.
In related news Israeli soldiers invaded on Thursday at dawn several districts in the occupied West Bank, broke into and searched several homes, installed roadblocks, interrogated and kidnapped several residents.
The Ahrar Center for Detainees Studies and Human Rights reported that the army invaded Awarta town, near the northern West Bank city of Nablus and kidnapped one resident.
Furthermore, soldiers invaded Snieria town, near the northern West Bank city of Qalqilia, and kidnapped one resident as well .
Earlier on Thursday at dawn, soldiers invaded Qabatia town, south of the northern West Bank city of Jenin, broke into and searched several homes after forcing the families out of their property.
Soldiers further invaded Arraba town, south of Jenin in the northern part of the West Bank, and interrogated several residents in its streets. Moreover local sources reported that the army invaded the Ath-Thaheriyya town, south of the southern West Bank district of Hebron, installed several roadblocks, and broke into homes before kidnapping one resident identified as Nabil Elias At-Til.
Soldiers also invaded several neighborhoods in Hebron city, and installed roadblocks at the entrances of the nearby towns of Sair, Halhoul, Beit Ummar, Yatta, and the Al-Fawwar refugee camp. The army stopped and searched dozens of vehicles and interrogated the residents while inspecting their ID cards.
Also on Thursday morning several armored Israeli military vehicles and tanks invaded an agricultural area east of Khan Younis, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip.
Local sources reported that three tanks and four armored military bulldozers advanced approximately 100 meters into the Al-Fakhary area, and uprooted farmlands; no clashes were reported.
And that’s all for today from the IMEMC News; this was the Thursday January 24th, 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.