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Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center, for Wednesday July 17, 2013.

Israeli troops attack and injure Palestinian journalists near Ramallah, while in Jerusalem homes are searched and civilians kidnapped. These stories, and more, coming up, stay tuned.

Six Palestinian journalists were injured on Wednesday after Israeli troops attacked a protest organized by the journalists union at Qalandyia checkpoint between Ramallah city and Jerusalem.

The journalist’s union called for the protest to demand freedom of movement and the halt of attacks committed by the Israeli army against Palestinian journalists.

As soon as protesters reached the Qalandyia checkpoint demanding to be allowed into Jerusalem using their press cards, Israeli soldiers fired tear gas and rubber-coated steel bullets at them.

Six journalists sustained light wounds and were moved to a hospital in Ramallah.

Elsewhere, Israeli police and army troops kidnapped on Wednesday at dawn five Palestinian young men after clashes erupted between Palestinian youth and soldiers near Damascus gate in Jerusalem’s old city.

Israeli soldiers and police officers started to search and ransack residents’ homes in Jerusalem’s old city after an Israeli settler was lightly wounded after being stabbed near Damascus gate.

In other news the Israeli army Civil Administration is set to approve 900 new housing units today, with the largest portion of the plan to include 732 units in the Israeli settlement of Modi’in Ilit.

The announcement of this plan only comes one day after the E.U issued a directive forbidding member states from funding or cooperating with organizations or individuals that are from the West Bank settlements and settlements in East Jerusalem.

And that’s all for today from the IMEMC News; this was the Wednesday July 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 Shamus Slaunwhite and me, Ghassan Bannoura.