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Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center,, for Thursday January 09, 2014.

Israeli troops invade West Bank communities and injuries 17 local youth, and in Gaza Israeli bombardment leave three civilians injured. These stories, and more, coming up, stay tuned.

At least 17 Palestinian youth were injured, on Thursday morning, after Israeli soldiers fired rubber-coated steel bullets and live ammunition at them in Adhaisha refugee camp, in the southern West Bank city of Bethlehem.

Local sources reported that Israeli forces broke into the camp and raided a number of houses after blowing up their doors. Clashes between the invading troops and Palestinian youths erupted in the area.

Among those injured was Nedal E’baid, 24, who was shot with a dumdum bullet in his thigh leaving him in critical condition.

In the meantime, 14 other young men were injured with rubber coated steel bullets, while dozens more suffered the effects of tear gas inhalation. Israeli troops also kidnapped four youth among them Mohammed Abed Rabboh, 20, who suffered an injury in his foot.

Elsewhere in the West Bank, Six people from Jerusalem, Salfit, Jenin, Ramallah and Hebron were kidnapped by Israeli forces on Thursday, according to local and security sources.

In the Gaza Strip, Three Palestinians have been injured after an Israeli airstrike targeted the southern Gaza Strip, on Thursday, according to medical officials.

Ashraf al-Qidra, Gaza’s health ministry spokesman, told local news that an Israeli plane fired a missile at a three-wheeled vehicle, east of Khan Younis, injuring two men; a child standing by the window, in a nearby house, was injured by broken glass. All three were taken to Kamal Nasser hospital in Khan Younis for treatment.

Earlier, Israeli military vehicles crossed into a border area east of Khan Younis, forcing farmers to flee the area.

And that’s all for today from the IMEMC News; this was the Thursday January 09, 2014 news round-up from the Occupied Palestinian Territories. For more news and updates please visit our website Today’s report has been brought to you by George Rishmawi and me Ghassan Bannoura.