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Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center, for Monday August 12th, 2013.

Israeli settlers take over farm lands and soldiers kidnap civilians during invasions targeting West Bank communities. These stories, and more, coming up, stay tuned.

A group of Israeli settlers took over on Monday farm lands owned by Al Khader town residents near the southern West Bank city of Bethlehem.

Local sources announced that a settlers group called women in green arrived at the villagers farm land took it over then planted it with olive trees then installed water system.

Earlier on Monday at dawn Israeli soldiers invaded various districts in the occupied West Bank, broke into and searched several homes, and kidnapped 12 Palestinian civilians including three brothers. Soldiers also installed various roadblocks.

Invasions were reported in the cities on Jenin, Nablus and Tubas northern West Bank as well as Ramallah and Jerusalem central west Bank, and Hebron city southern West Bank.

During the kidnappings campaign clashes were reported in Nablus, Jenin and Hebron. Soldiers used tear gas and rubber-coated steel bullets against the unarmed youth.

Many were treated for the effects of tear gas inhalation, local sources reported. The invasions and arrests are part on daily assaults carried out by the soldiers in different parts of occupied Palestine.

On Sunday, Israeli soldiers, manning a military site across the border east of Gaza city, fired rounds of live ammunition at Palestinian lands and homes, wounding one Palestinian identified as Mahmoud Samir Jundiyya, 25. Jundiyya was shot in his right foot, and was moved to the Al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza suffering moderate injuries.

Human Rights groups in the Gaza Strip condemned the ongoing Israeli military escalation and ongoing violations against the Palestinians, their lands and property.

On Saturday night Israeli troops shoot and killed a Palestinian civilian who came close to the Gaza Israeli borders in central Gaza.

And that’s all for today from the IMEMC News; this was the Monday August 12, 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.