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Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center, www.imemc.org, for Wednesday May 15th, 2013.

Palestinians mark Nakba with protests and soldiers attack them leaving scores injured, and invade West Bank communities. These stories, and more, coming up, stay tuned.

Thousands across the West Bank and Gaza marked on Wednesday the 65th anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba. In Jerusalem Israeli soldiers attacked residents and local activist using tear gas, water mixed with chemicals, and rubber coated steel bullets.

According to local sources 20 residents were injured many were treated for the effects of tear gas inhalation, medical sources reported that there were journalists among those injured in Jerusalem today. Moreover Israeli soldiers attacked residents using horses and kidnapped 30 residents.

In Jerusalem people marched peacefully and raised Palestinian flags, the clashes started when troops attacked the unarmed protesters, witnesses told local news.

At the city of Bethlehem, southern West Bank, The procession was held at the Manger Square in Bethlehem, while scout troops and more than 5000 Palestinians marched carrying Palestinian flags and signs affirming the legitimate Palestinian rights, topped by their right to return to their homeland.

In the central west Bank city of Ramallah, residents marched towards the Ofer Israeli military base at the city entrance. As soon as people reached the main road, Israeli soldiers showered them with tear gas and rubber coated steel bullets. as a result at least 30 people were injured and many more were treated for the effects of tear gas inhalation.

Earlier on Wednesday at dawn, local sources reported that dozens of Israeli military jeeps invaded Zabbouba town, west of the northern West Bank city of Jenin, and clashed with local youths. The army also invaded the nearby towns of Rommana and At-Tayba.

The sources said that at least six armored Israeli military vehicles invaded Zabbouba, and that the soldiers broke into and searched dozens of homes adjacent to the Annexation Wall.

Army also invaded the town center, and clashed with dozens of local youths who hurled stones and empty bottles at them. Furthermore, the army invaded the nearby towns of Rommana and At-Tayba, closed various rounds in the two towns, stopped several vehicles and interrogated the residents while inspecting their ID cards.

And that’s all for today from the IMEMC News; this was the Wednesday May 15th 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.

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