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Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center, for Wednesday July 24th, 2013.

Israeli settlers invade Al Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem city and Israeli troops invade West Bank communities. These stories, and more, coming up, stay tuned.

Right wing extremist Israeli settlers invaded on Wednesday the Al Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem’s old city under the protection of Israeli police officers.

Residents said that the settlers stormed the Muslim holy place and toured inside as soldiers detained religious students who were studying inside.

Elsewhere, Israeli army forces invaded, on Wednesday morning, Al Khader village, near the southern West Bank city of Bethlehem.

Troops searched a number of homes and kidnapped one resident. Another resident was kidnapped when troops invaded the village of Taqua also near Bethlehem.

Residents said that soldiers searched and ransacked a number of homes then kidnapped one man and left.

In other news, Al Dameer Assassination for support of political prisoners and human rights, announced on Wednesday that the Israeli army intentional uses inhuman and degrading treatment against Palestinian political prisoners.

Al Dameer said in a press release that Israeli soldiers force feed Palestinian political detainees who are on hunger strike and often assault them.

So far there are 12 Palestinian political detainees, held by the Israeli army, that are on hunger strike protesting the ill treatment by their captives and demanding their freedom.

Al Dameer asked all international human rights groups to intervene to save the lives of Palestinian political detainees.

There are around 6000 Palestinians that are detained by the Israeli army; many of whom are kept without charges.

And that’s all for today from the IMEMC News; this was the Wednesday July 24, 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.