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Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center, for Tuesday August 13th, 2013.

The Israeli army continues to arrest West Bank civilians and the government approves more illegal settlements. These stories, and more, coming up, stay tuned.

The Israeli government approved on Tuesday the construction of 940 new homes in the illegal Israeli settlement of Gello south of occupied Jerusalem.

According to Israeli news sources the plan of construction was submitted to the Israeli municipality of Jerusalem last year and that the municipality approval was only the first step to start the construction.

On Sunday the Israeli government approved another 1200 new homes for settlers to be built in West Bank settlements and Jerusalem.

All Israeli settlements in the West Bank and Jerusalem are illegal according to international as it is built on lands occupied by Israel in 1967.

Elsewhere, Israeli garbage trucks were scene on Tuesday unloading waste in the streets of Al Bereh town near the central West Bank city of Ramallah.

The local municipality said in a press release that this will increase the problems for the residents as Israeli decided to close the Garbage dump of the town last week.

The dump is located near the illegal settlement of Beit Ell. On Monday the residents organized at protest against the army close of the dump.

In other news the Solidarity Foundation for Human Rights have reported that dozens of Israeli soldiers invaded the northern West Bank city of Qalqilia, and kidnapped two brothers. It also stated that the army kidnapped 30 Palestinians in two days.

In a statement released Tuesday the foundation said that the soldiers kidnapped, on Tuesday at dawn, two brothers from Qalqilia city, in the northern part of the West Bank.

The foundation said that the army has kidnapped thirty Palestinians in the past two days, and that the arrests are part of ongoing Israeli violations against the Palestinians in the occupied territories.

And that’s all for today from the IMEMC News; this was the Tuesday August 13, 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.