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Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center,, for Thursday May 16th, 2013.

The Israeli army invades West Bank communities and kidnap civilians and soldiers uproot trees owned by local farmers. These stories, and more, coming up, stay tuned.

Israeli soldiers kidnapped on Thursday twenty Palestinians, mainly children, in the At-Tabaqa village, south of the southern West Bank city of Hebron, and started interrogating them in alleged connection with a Molotov cocktail that burnt an Israeli military jeep during Wednesday clashes with the army.

Local sources reported that the army released 18 of the kidnapped 20 Palestinians, (most of them 14 – 18 years old), and kept two under interrogation.

The sources added that the army broke into and searched dozens of homes in the village, used military dogs in searching the property, and detained 150 Palestinians at a yard in the village before releasing them except for 20, and released 18 later on after interrogating them.

Also on Thursday, the army kidnapped three Palestinians in the nearby town of Doura, after breaking into their homes and searching them.

Furthermore, two Palestinians have been injured by Israeli fire during clashes with Israeli soldiers invading the Al-Arroub refugee camp, north of Hebron. The two have been identified as Nayef Ar-Ra’ey, 21, and Ahmad Abu Sabal, 22. Also, the soldiers violently attacked and beat a Palestinian youth, identified as Khader Ash-Shatreet, causing fractures in his feet.

In other news, Israeli soldiers uprooted Palestinian agricultural lands that belong to a resident of Aqraba village, near the northern West Bank city of Nablus. The army claims that lands are “state property”. Furthermore, the soldiers demolished an irrigation well.

The Israeli army claimed that the lands are state lands as they are close to the main “Samaria” highway, used by Israeli settlers and soldiers. The owner of the land said that he presented official deeds proving ownership of the lands, but the Israeli authorities rejected the documents.

And that’s all for today from the IMEMC News; this was the Thursday May 16th news round-up from the Occupied Palestinian Territories. For more news and updates please visit our website at Today’s report has been brought to you by Hussam Qassis and me, Ghassan Bannoura.