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Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center, www.imemc.org, for Tuesday February 18, 2014.
Israeli tanks invade parts of Gaza and soldiers invade West Bank communities and kidnap civilians. These stories, and more, coming up, stay tuned.
A number of armored Israeli military vehicles invaded Palestinian farmlands east of the Khuza’a town, east of Khan Younis, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip, uprooted farmlands and fired rounds of live ammunition at a number of homes.
Local news sources reported that three armored military bulldozers and four tanks, based in military camps across the border, advanced more than 200 meters into the area, bulldozing Palestinian farmlands. The soldiers also opened fire at several homes in the area, causing damage but no injuries.
Elsewhere, Israeli soldiers invaded, on Tuesday, at around 2 am, the village of Nabi Saleh, near the central West Bank city of Ramallah, violently searching homes and kidnapping five young Palestinian men.
The Tamimi Press center in the village, quoted the soldiers claiming they are searching for what they called “wanted Palestinians”. It added that the soldiers carried photos of several Palestinians from the village.
Tamimi Press has reported that the soldiers broke into its office and confiscated photos from its wall which documented the ongoing Israeli military violations against Palestinians, their lands and orchards. The soldiers also took pictures of several homes before breaking into them and ransacking their furniture and belongings.
In other news, the Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) has reported that a disabled Palestinian detainee, held by Israel and facing several health complications, was moved into solitary confinement, last week, for demanding to be hospitalized.
Yousef Nawaj’a, 48 years of age, went on hunger strike for five days, last month, demanding to receive urgently needed medical attention, especially after facing various health complications since he was taken prisoner over a year ago.
Besides his physical disability, Nawaj’a suffers several chronic conditions and often loses consciousness. He faces frequent infections and various complications which require proper, continuous medical care and treatment, but is still denied this basic right.
And that’s all for today from the IMEMC News; this was the Tuesday February 18, 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.