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Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center, www.imemc.org, for Thursday March 14th, 2013.
Israeli troops invade parts of the west Bank injures civilians and arrest others, while in Gaza navy forces attack fishing boats. These stories, and more, coming up, stay tuned.
Palestinian medical sources in Nablus in the northern part of the occupied West Bank, reported that dozens of Palestinians have been treated for the effects of teargas inhalation, after the army invaded Talfeet nearby village and clashed with local youths. Army also kidnapped six Palestinians in the Nablus district.
Eyewitnesses said that most of the injured Palestinians are schoolchildren as the army surrounded the schools area after invading it, and fired gas bombs at residents protesting the invasion.
Eelier on Thursday Israeli soldiers invaded several Palestinian communities in different parts of the occupied West Bank, and kidnapped 23 Palestinians.
The soldiers broke into and searched dozens of homes causing damage. Local sources reported invasions in the northern West Bank city of Jenin, as well as Hebron and Bethlehem cities in southern part of the west Bank.
In the Gaza Strip today the Israeli Navy attacked several Palestinian fishermen and fishing boats in the As-Sudaniyya coastal area, in the northern part of the Gaza Strip, No injuries have been reported but the fishermen had to go back home after being denied the right to fish.
Eyewitnesses reported that the Israeli Navy fired dozens of rounds of live ammunition at several fishing boats, and into the air in an attempt to force the fishermen back to the shore. The fishermen were within the six-nautical mile area they are allowed to enter and fish, but the army attacked them. The attack is similar to numerous attacks that led to dozens of casualties and significant damages.
Under the Oslo accords in the mid-nineties, the Palestinians are allowed to fish in 20 nautical miles off the Gaza shore, but in 2008, Israel unilaterally reduced the fishing area to three nautical miles.
As part of the ceasefire agreement that ended the Israeli war on Gaza in November 2012, Palestinian fishermen were allowed to fish within six nautical miles off the Gaza coast, but the army continued to attack them in their allotted areas.
And that’s all for today from the IMEMC News; this was the Thursday March 14th, 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.