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Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center,, for Thursday June 27th, 2013.

The Israeli army invades West Bank communities and kidnap civilians while the Israeli government approves more settlements. These stories, and more, coming up, stay tuned.

Israeli soldiers invaded on Thursday various districts in the occupied West Bank, and kidnapped 21 Palestinians. Local sources in Al-Mazra’a Al-Qibliyya village, north of the central West Bank city of Ramallah, reported that dozens of soldiers invaded the village, violently broke into several homes, and searched them, before kidnapping eight Palestinians, including children.

The army also fired several gas bombs and concussion grandees during clashes that took place with local youths during the invasion.

Furthermore, soldiers invaded the northern West Bank city of Nablus, and attacked several residents before kidnapping four civilians.

Eyewitnesses have reported that clashes took place in different neighborhoods in the city, and that the army violently searched several homes and fired rounds of live ammunition in the center of the city.

Army also invaded Beit Ummar town, north of the southern West Bank city of Hebron, shot and injured three children, and kidnapped at least six Palestinians.

Several Israeli military jeeps also invaded Ath-Thaheriyya town, south of Hebron, searched several vehicles, and illegally took possession of a car that belongs to resident Raed Al-Jabareen.

In Tubas, in the central part of the West Bank, soldiers kidnapped three Palestinians after searching their homes.

In other news Construction and Planning Committee of the Jerusalem City Council, approved the construction of additional 69 units in the Abu Ghneim (Har Homa) illegal settlement, east of Bethlehem.

Reseht Bet said that the decision to build the new units is final, and does not need any further approval from the City Council or the government.

The decision came just hours before the visit of U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, who met on Thursday with Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu.

And that’s all for today from the IMEMC News; this was the Thursday June 26th 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.