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Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center,, for Thursday, October 24, 2013.

Israel’s government to release new construction bids in West Bank settlements and troops kidnapped two civilians. These stories, and more, coming up, stay tuned.

Israeli state radio reported on Thursday that the government is planning to release new construction bids in west Bank settlements during the coming few days.

According to the radio the new wave of constructions will include a large number of settlements. According to international law all Israeli settlements in ocupaied West Bank and east Jerusalem are illegal.

On Wednesday Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, called on companies in the European Union countries, and other foreign corporations operating in Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank, and occupied Jerusalem, to abide by International Law by divesting from Israeli settlements.

The Palestinian President said that those measures do not target Israel but are against its illegal occupation of Palestine, and its illegal settlement activities.

In other news, Israeli troops invaded the village of Barta’a Al Sharkiya, in northern west Bank and gave residents a demolishing order against a public park in the village.

The army claims the park was made without the needed permission from the army. The residents say they did it on private owned land by local farmers.

The Israeli army already took land from Barta’a Al Sharkiya to construct a section of the wall that surrounds the West Bank.

Elsewhere , Israeli soldiers invaded on Thursday morning the village Azon near Qalqiliya city in northern West Bank as well as Bethlehem city in southern West Banks.

In both locations troops searched and ransacked residents homes then took two civilian. Troops did not give any reason for kidnapping the two men, local sources reported.

And that’s all for today from the IMEMC News; this was the Thursday, October 24, 2013 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 George Rishmawi and me, Ghassan Bannoura.