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Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center,, for Wednesday January 08, 2014.

Israeli attacks on Gaza leave a man killed and three civilians injured, and settlers attack West Bank villagers. These stories, and more, coming up, stay tuned.

A Palestinian man has been killed, and two children injured, one seriously, when Israeli soldiers fired shells into the Al-Kassarat area, east of Gaza city.

Dr. Ashraf Al-Qodra, spokesperson of the Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza, said that that the body of slain resident Mohammad Salama al-Ajla, 32, was severely mutilated due to the blast, and his remains were moved to the Shifa Medical Center in Gaza.

Al-Qodra added that two children were wounded in the Israeli attack; one of them suffered serious injuries. The Al-Quds Brigades, the armed wing of the Islamic Jihad, said that Al-Ajla is one of its members, and added that it “will practice its right to retaliate.”

The Brigades added that its response would come after evaluating it and its effects on the situation in the besieged coastal region. Later in the day one Palestinian was wounded after Israeli soldiers attacked the funeral procession al-Ajla, east of Gaza city.

Local sources said that soldiers, stationed across the border fence, fired gas bombs at dozens of residents during the funeral procession. The wounded residents, 20 years of age, was moved to a local hospital suffering moderate injuries.

In the West Bank today a number of Israeli settlers infiltrated Madama village, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus, attacked Palestinian property and burnt two cars. Local sources said that the settlers burnt the two local vehicles and proceeded to write racist graffiti against the Arabs and Palestinians.

Moreover the Israeli army kidnapped several Palestinians during clashes that took place between Israel settlers and Palestinians in Qaryout and Qusra villages, near Nablus.

In related news, a number of settlers cut several Palestinian olive trees located in orchards between Shoufa and Kafa village, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus.

And that’s all for today from the IMEMC News; this was the Wednesday January 08, 2014 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.