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Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center, www.imemc.org, for Monday, December 02, 2013.
Israeli troops demolish homes in the Jordan Valley and kidnap civilians during invasions targeting West Bank communities. These stories, and more, coming up, stay tuned.
On Monday morning dozens of Israeli soldiers invaded the Najada area, in Al-‘Oja in the West Bank district of Jericho, and demolished two homes and four sheds. Soldiers also surrounded a number of homes and tents in the area.
Local sources announced that the soldiers invaded the area approximately at six in the morning. It said that several Israeli military jeeps surrounded the area declaring it a closed military zone, before invading it and demolishing the two homes and four structures.
The army is threatening to demolish fifteen homes in the area, under the pretext of being built without construction permits.
Earlier on Monday, at Dawn Israeli soldiers kidnapped 11 Palestinian civilians during invasions and home searches targeting a number of West Bank communities.
Local sources said that Israeli soldiers have kidnapped eight Palestinians in Ya’bod village near the northern West Bank city of Jenin, two Palestinians in Hebron, in the southern part of the West Bank, and one from the nearby Bethlehem city.
In other news, The Intifada Youth Coalition stated that it launched on Monday what it called the Convoy of Steadfastness and Justice, to challenge the illegal Israeli siege on Gaza, by sailing towards international waters.
In its statement, the coalition stated that the Palestinians will not allow Israel’s illegitimate and unjust siege to continue, and will break it. It said it would be sailing beyond the six nautical miles, unilaterally set by Israel, in order to raise international attention and awareness regarding the ongoing suffering which Palestinian fishermen face due to escalating Israeli attacks.
The coalition announced that twenty Palestinian boats, also carrying journalists and international peace activists, would be sailing out of Gaza.
Under the Oslo accords in the mid-nineties, the Palestinians are supposed to be allowed to fish in 20 nautical miles off the Gaza shore, but Tel Aviv constantly violated the accord.
And that’s all for today from the IMEMC News; this was the, December, 02, 2013 news round-up from the Occupied Palestinian Territories. For more news and updates please visitourwebsiteatwww.imemc.org. Today’s report has been brought to you by George Rishmawi and me, Ghassan Bannoura.