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Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center, www.imemc.org, for Thursday May 2nd, 2013.
Soldiers attack West Bank village and injures a young man, while Egypt close siege bosting tunnels at the borders with Gaza. These stories, and more, coming up, stay tuned.
A young Palestinian man was injured on Thursday afternoon by Israeli army gunfire at the town of Beit Omer near the southern West Bank city of Hebron.
Residents told local news that Israeli troops stormed the village and attacked a funeral procession for an old man from the town. As a result a young man was injured in his arm and was taken to a local hospital for treatment.
The soldiers also fired tear gas at residents’ homes casing many, among them children, to suffer from tear gas inhalation.
In northern West Bank, Israeli settlers started on Thursday morning to construct a new settlement on lands that belongs to Palestinian farmers south of Nablus city. Witnesses said that settlers set up mobile homes and connected them to the electricity and water grids.
There are half a million settlers living in West Bank Israeli settlements. Those settlements are illegal according to international law as they are built on lands illegal taken from its Palestinian owners by Israel’s military occupation of the West Bank.
In Gaza on Thursday Egyptian Border Police destroyed several border tunnels with the Gaza Strip, including tunnels meant for smuggling cars into Gaza.
According to the Egyptian TV, security forces located, two days ago, a tunnel that was used for smuggling weapons coming from Libya, and destroyed the tunnel after confiscating weapons and explosives that were about to be smuggled into Gaza.
Some of the destroyed tunnels were specifically designed to enable the smuggling of cars from Egypt.
Security forces also arrested seven Palestinians carrying large sums of money meant to be smuggled into the coastal region.
Since Israel placed the region under siege in 2006, the tunnels at the Gaza-Egypt borders are mainly used to get food, medical, and fuel supplies to the 1.6 million Palestinians living in the coastal region.
And that’s all for today from the IMEMC News; this was the Thursday May 2nd 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.