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

Israeli settlers attack Palestinian farmers as troops invade West Bank communities and kidnap four civilians. These stories, and more, coming up, stay tuned.

Two Palestinian civilians were injured on Thursday afternoon during clashes between local youth and invading Israeli troops targeting the southern West Bank town of Beit Omer.

Local sources said that troops fired tear gas, rubber coated steel bullets and sound bombs at residents who responded by throwing rocks.

Witnesses said that the clashes stared when soldiers fired tear gas at residents taking part of a funeral in the town.

Elsewhere, Israeli settlers attacked on Thursday morning Palestinian farmers south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus.

Farmers where harvesting their olive trees when a group of armed settlers attacked them and took over their farming tools, local sources reported.

According to sources the settlers came from the Yitshar illegal Israeli settlement near the Palestinian village of Buren.

Earlier on Thursday, Israeli troops invaded several West Bank communities and kidnapped four Palestinian civilians.

Israeli troops invaded the village of Yabood near the northern West Bank city of Jenin searched and ransacked a number of homes then kidnapped a teenager.

Moreover Israeli troops kidnapped three brothers near the southern West Bank city of Hebron.

Local sources said that Israeli soldiers stopped the car the three brothers were in near Hebron city and took them to unknown destination without giving any reasons.

In other news, Israeli Peace Now movement issued a report on Israeli settlement construction and expansion activities, and revealed that settlement construction increased by %70 in the period between January and June 2013.

Peace Now said that its data is based on survey of aerial photos, and count of all units that “started/ended to be built in each settlement.”

And that’s all for today from the IMEMC News; this was the Thursday, October 17, 2013 news round-up from the Occupied Palestinian Territories. For more news and updates please visit Today’s report has been brought to you by George Rishmawi and me, Ghassan Bannoura.