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Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center,, for Thursday, December 05, 2013.

During morning and dawn invasions targeting West Bank communities, Israeli soldiers injure one civilian and kidnap 15 others. These stories, and more, coming up, stay tuned.

Dozens of soldiers invaded various areas in the West Bank district of Bethlehem, broke into and violently searched dozens of homes, kidnapping eight Palestinians.

Local sources said that dozens of soldiers invaded the Deheisha refugee camp, south of Bethlehem, and kidnapped five Palestinians, including a father and his son. Furthermore, dozens of soldiers invaded Beit Fajjar town, south of Bethlehem, and kidnapped three more Palestinians.

Earlier on Wednesday night a young Palestinian man was shot and severely wounded by Israeli army fire, Palestinian medical sources in Bethlehem have reported.

The sources stated that the young man was heavily bleeding, and was moved to the Beit Jala Governmental Hospital, in the city.

Elsewhere Israeli soldiers invaded various areas in the northern West Bank district of Jenin, kidnapped at least seven Palestinians, and installed roadblocks in different part of the district. Palestinian sources reported that among those kidnapped from Jenin was a Palestinian police officer.

At the political level, U.S Secretary of state John Jerry held a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu. Their meeting mainly focused on security arrangements, and the “Iranian file”.

During a news conference following his meeting with Netanyahu in Jerusalem, Kerry said that a special security envoy is currently in the region to assess the security situation, and added that meetings are also taking place in the West Bank to “ensure Israel’s security”.

The American official claimed that progress is being made in Palestinian-Israeli peace talks, and that the two parties are determined to continue direct bilateral talks.

And that’s all for today from the IMEMC News; this was the Thursday December, 05, 2013 news round-up from the Occupied Palestinian Territories. For more news and updates please visit our web site Today’s report has been brought to you by George Rishmawi and me, Ghassan Bannoura.