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Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center, www.imemc.org, for Wednesday January 29, 2014.
Israeli troops kill a Palestinian worker and kidnap 10 other civilians during predawn invasions. These stories, and more, coming up, stay tuned.
A Palestinian worker was shot and killed by Israeli soldiers on Wednesday midday near the central West Bank city of Ramallah.
Mohammad Mahmoud Mubarak, 20, was gunned down as he was working on road repairs near an Israeli military checkpoint at the Ein Senia area, north of Ramallah. The Palestinian Minister of Public Works and Housing, Maher Ighniem said that the project was funded by USAID and that the worker was doing his shift when he was killed.
The USAID have issued permission from the Israeli army to all the workers there who have being doing the repairs in that location for the past month including the slain worker, the Palestinian minister added.
The Israeli army alleged that Mubarak was armed, and opened fire at an Israeli military post between Atarot and Halamesh settlements, north of Ramallah. A Coworker of Mubarak who witnessed that attack told a different story via a video clip that was published on Facebook:
“They took him to the military checkpoint then they beat him up, and forced him to run to the street then told him to stand at a nearby fence then they asked him to go back to the road again, the soldiers then ordered him to remove his workers-flak jacket and when he removed his jacket they shot and him dead, he was unarmed, he has been working in that location for the past month and never made any problem.”
Mubarak family and Minister Ighniem condemned the Israeli army story and called a lie and demanded an investigation.
Earlier on Wednesday Israeli soldiers invaded various Palestinian communities in different parts of the occupied West Bank, and kidnapped 10 Palestinians, including seven in the West Bank district of Nablus.
Other home searched and kidnappings by Israeli troops were reported at the cities of Bethlehem and Hebron.
Moreover, several Israeli military vehicles invaded the Al-Msaffah area, in the al-Jiftlik village in the Jordan Valley, and demolished Palestinian property. Local sources said the army demolished residential sheds,
barns, and other property belonging to local shepherds.
And that’s all for today from the IMEMC News; this was the Wednesday January 29, 2014 news round-up from the Occupied Palestinian Territories. For more news and updates please visit ourwebsiteatwww.imemc.org. Today’s report has been brought to you by George Rishmawi and me Ghassan Bannoura.