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Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center,, for Thursday January 16, 2014.

Israeli bombardment targeting Gaza leave five civilians injured and soldiers invade West Bank communities and kidnap civilians. These stories, and more, coming up, stay tuned.

Four children and one woman have been injured, on Thursday at dawn, after Israeli soldiers carried out a number of air strikes targeting eastern and western areas of Gaza city.

Local sources announced that all wounded Palestinians suffered mild-to-moderate injuries, and are gradually recovering. Israeli sources said that several shells were fired, after midnight, from the Gaza Strip towards Asqalan (Ashkelon).

The Israeli army also claimed it bombarded a workshop used by Palestinian fighters to manufacture shells, in addition to bombarding what was referred as a “launching pad” used for firing shells into adjacent Israeli areas.

Palestinian sources said that the shells landed near residents homes causing damage.

Elsewhere, Israeli soldiers invaded the West Bank district of Bethlehem, and the southern West Bank district of Hebron, kidnapping several Palestinians. Local sources said that the army invaded the Aida refugee camp, north of Bethlehem, and kidnapped three Palestinians.

Furthermore, soldiers invaded the southern West Bank city of Hebron, and kidnapped former Minister of Local Government, Issa Khairy Al-Ja’bary.

Moreover several Israeli military jeeps invaded the Taybeh town, west of the northern West Bank city of Jenin, and kidnapped two brothers. The two are members of the Palestinian Security Forces in the Jenin district.

In Jerusalem Israeli settlers, escorted by occupation soldiers, stormed al-Aqsa yards on Thursday morning.
Media office of the al-Aqsa Foundation announced that the settlers roamed al-Aqsa yards in a provocative way and performed their Talmudic prayers.

And that’s all for today from the IMEMC News; this was the Thursday January 16, 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.