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Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center, www.imemc.org, for Tuesday May 21st, 2013.
Israeli soldiers demolish homes in Jerusalem and invade West Bank communities and kidnap civilians. These stories, and more, coming up, stay tuned.
Israeli bulldozers of the Jerusalem City Council demolished on Tuesday a Palestinian home in Khallit Al-Ein area, in At-Tour neighborhood, in occupied East Jerusalem.
Local news sources reported that the soldiers forced members of the Abu Sha’lan family out of their home, and demolished it under the pretext that it was built without a construction permit.
The sources added that the soldiers surrounded the area before leveling the home, rendering nine family members homeless.
Earlier, on Tuesday at dawn, two Palestinian children in Abu Dis town, in occupied East Jerusalem, after breaking into their families’ homes and violently searching them.
Local sources reported that the army invaded the town, approximately at 4 at dawn, and kidnapped two children. The army gave no reason for kidnapping the two children.
Also on Tuesday at dawn Israeli soldiers invaded the northern West Bank city of Nablus, broke into several homes and searched them before kidnapping four residents.
The Army also invaded Hebron, southern West Bank, searched two homes, and handed out warrants for the destruction of residential structures.
In Gaza Israel decided to allow Palestinian fishermen to fish within six nautical miles of the Gaza shore, the Palestinian Radio Bethlehem 2000 reported on Tuesday.
Fishermen were originally allowed to fish within 20 miles, but Israel unilaterally reduced the fishing zone to six,
then to three. The decision was made during a meeting that was held between Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, and Defense Minister, Moshe Yaalon.
The Israeli Navy was instructed to implement the new order, and the Israeli government notified Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, of its new decision.
It is worth mentioning that Palestinian fishermen and their boats, are constantly attacked even within the three-mile zone; dozens of casualties have been reported, while dozens of fishermen have been kidnapped, and fishing boats have been illegally confiscated.
And that’s all for today from the IMEMC News; this was the Tuesday May 21st 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.