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Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center, for Thursday August 29th, 2013.

Israeli troops invade West Bank communities, attack homes and kidnap a number of civilians. These stories, and more, coming up, stay tuned.

Israeli soldiers invaded on Thursday at dawn various areas in the occupied West Bank, broke into and searched several homes, and a gas station, and kidnapped two residents.

Local sources have reported that dozens of soldiers invaded the Al-Obeidiyya town, east of Bethlehem, and kidnapped one resident identified as Yahia Ismael Al-Asa, 22, and took him to an unknown destination after violently breaking into his home.

Furthermore, the army kidnapped one resident, and violently attacked and beat another resident, in Hebron, in the southern part of the West Bank.

Local sources said that Mos’ab Bassam Qattan, 19, was kidnapped in the Old City of Hebron, and that the soldiers claimed he did not cede to their commands to stop.

Several soldiers also violently attacked a resident, identified as Yousef Khaled Shawamra, 20, near the Al-Fawwar refugee camp junction, south of Hebron.

In addition, several soldiers invaded Jalqamous village, near Jenin, broke into and searched the home of Ahmad Ghassan Al-Hajj causing excessive property damage. They also invaded a gas station in near Jenin, and violently searched it.

In other news, the Israeli court in occupied East Jerusalem rolled in favor of a Palestinian family who owns a hotel that the Israeli state tried to takeover using the absentee law.

According to the court the state failed to prove that Ayad family is absent from Jerusalem. The family home is only 200 meters.

Israel uses the so called absentee law to take over property of Palestinians who are living abroad or who became refugee when Israeli occupied the city of Jerusalem in 1967.

And that’s all for today from the IMEMC News; this was the Thursday August 29, 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.