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Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center, www.imemc.org, for Monday February 3, 2014.
The Israeli army evicts a protest village in the Jordan valley and settlers kidnap Palestinian shepherds from northern West Bank village. These stories, and more, coming up, stay tuned.
In Bethlehem city, southern West Bank, thousands of people attended the funeral, on Monday, of two Palestinians whose remains were returned, by Israel, a day earlier.
On Sunday, relatives gathered at the Tarqumia checkpoint, southwest of Hebron, to receive the remains of Ayat al-Akhras, from Duheisha refugee camp, and Daoud Abu Swayy, from the village of Artas.
Al-Akhras, 18, died in 2002 after she detonated an explosive belt outside a supermarket in West Jerusalem, killing herself, 17-year-old Rachel Levy, and a security guard.
Abu Swayy, 46, died after detonating an explosive belt in West Jerusalem outside of the David Citadel Hotel. Three people were injured in the blast. They were both buried at the al-Shuhada cemetery, in Artas village near Bethlehem city.
In other news, Israeli army forces have stormed and evacuated the village of Al-Awda, or ‘The Return’, that was established by Palestinian activists in the Jordan Valley area which is threatened with confiscation.
Activists, told local news that the Israeli army started to raided the village on Sunday, at midnight, and evacuated it by Monday morning.
Israeli troops surrounded the village and prevented anyone, including journalists, from reaching the village. Six activists were arrested and transferred to Jericho, where they were then released.
Also on Monday, Israeli settlers kidnapped two Palestinian men from the village of Jaba’, near the northern West Bank city of Jenin.
According to local sources, the settlers kidnapped the two men as they were herding their sheep just outside the village. the settlers released the two civilians hours later, after beating them up, local sources said.
And that’s all for today from the IMEMC News; this was the Monday February 3, 2014 news round-up from the Occupied Palestinian Territories. For more news and updates please visit our website at www.imemc.org. Today’s report has been brought to you by George Rishmawi and me Ghassan Bannoura.