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Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center,, for Monday March 17, 2014.

Israeli navy attack Palestinian boats in Gaza and the army confiscate land to expand a settlement in the West Bank. These stories, and more, coming up, stay tuned.

Israeli sources alleged on Monday that armed men riding Palestinian boats exchanged fire with Israeli navy ships, close to the Gaza shore.

The sources said the navy chased boasts, believed to be used by smugglers, and exchanged fire with them. The alleged incident apparently led to no casualties or arrests.

Israel said this is the second incident of armed clashes between Palestinian boats and the navy in Gaza. Israeli navy attack Palestinian fishing boats in regular basses.

Palestinian fisherman are allowed to 6 nautical Millis into the sea, however the Israeli navy attacks take place in that area and even at some incidents attacks will happen while Palestinian boats are still at shore line.

In other news, The Israeli army Civil Administration informed residents of Hares, a Palestinian village in the Salfit governorate inn the central West Bank, of its intentions to confiscate 100 dunams (25 acres) of private land within village perimeters. The land will be used to expand the illegal near by Israeli settlement of Revava.

Established in 1991, ‘Revava’ settlement is an orthodox Jewish community populated by an estimated 250 families. Hares has been directly affected by construction of Israeli annexation wall in the West Bank, and those settlements which surround Ariel and the Barkan Industrial Zone.

In northern West Bank, Israeli military forces invaded and searched several Palestinian homes in Huwwara town, on Monday, after a settler vehicle was attacked with home-made firebombs, according to local sources.

Witnesses told local news that a number of Palestinian youth hurled four Molotov cocktails at a settler vehicle traveling on the main road in Huwwara. The vehicle was hit directly, with Israeli military vehicles arriving in the area shortly after the attack. No injuries were reported.

And that’s all for today from the IMEMC News; this was the Monday March 17, 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.