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Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center, www.imemc.org, for Wednesday January 30th, 2013.
The EU missions in Occupied West Bank issue a statement condemning Israel use of lethal force against Palestinian civilians, and Israeli troops arrest six civilians in dawn invasions targeting West Bank communities. These stories, and more, coming up, stay tuned.
Six Palestinian civilians were arrested on Wednesday during dawn invasions by the Israeli military targeting a number of West Bank communities.
Local sources reported that three men were arrested by Israeli soldiers in the village of Sura, near the northern West Bank city of Nablus. Two more residents were kidnapped by Israeli troops from the city of Bethlehem, southern West Bank and one from Qabatiyia, northern West Bank.
In related news the EU missions in Jerusalem and Ramallah expressed deep concern on Wednesday for the death toll among Palestinian civilians in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, due to the use of lethal force by the Israeli army.
In the statement which is issued today the EU missions demanded a thorough investigation into these incidents. The EU also asked Israeli and Palestinian security forces to refrain from using lethal force against Palestinian civilians.
EU missions in Jerusalem and Ramallah also expressed concerned about the continued Israeli invasions to the Palestinian Authority controlled areas better known as areas A. the EU considered this daily invasions to endanger the success of internationally recognized Palestinian institution-building efforts.
In other news on Wednesday, Israeli government official told Reuters that Israeli will release around 100 Million USD of the Palestinian Authority money. Israel collects the tax money on the borders on behalf of the Palestinian Authority, late last year Israel withheld that money in response to the Palestinian move at the United Nations and securing a non-member state statues.
The Israeli withholding of the tax revenue left the Ramallah government unable to pay for its employees. Meanwhile in the West Bank all public sector employees went on strike today demanding to be bayed their salaries. According to union officials some employees have not been bayed since last November.
And that’s all for today from the IMEMC News; this was the Wednesday January 30th, 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.