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Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center, www.imemc.org, for Wednesday March 26, 2014.
Israeli navy attacks Gaza Fishermen injuring four, and Israeli troops kidnap civilians from the West Bank. These stories, and more, coming up, stay tuned.
Four fishermen were wounded after Israeli navy ships opened fire on their fishing boats near the Rafah shore, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip. Medical sources said that the four wounded Palestinians were moved to the Abu Yousef an-Najjar Hospital in Rafah suffering moderate injuries.
Moreover Israeli navy boats also fired a shell, and that several homes and boats were hit by army fire, causing excessive property damage and four injuries.
The Israeli navy frequently attacks Palestinian fishermen and their boats in Palestinian territorial waters, even while their boats are docked at the shore. Thousands of Palestinian families in Gaza depend on fishing as their only source of livelihood, risking their lives just to be able to fish and support their families.
As part of the ceasefire agreement of November, 2012, Israel agreed to allow the Palestinians to fish within six nautical miles, but unilaterally decreased the allotted area to three miles.
In the west Bank Israeli army bulldozers destroyed, on Wednesday morning, a large area of Palestinian farm land in the Um Neir area near the southern West Bank city of Hebron. Witnesses said that several bulldozers, escorted by Israeli military vehicles, leveled private Palestinian land in the village, taking out several fruiting trees near Susia settlement.
Israeli forces blocked off the area and declared it a closed military zone, preventing farmers from accessing their lands. The army attack coincided with the arrival of the British consulate delegation which was visit the Susia area to look into the living conditions of Palestinians residing there, and the Israeli violations against them.
In Jerusalem, Israeli bulldozers demolished a Palestinian residential building in Tur village, on Wednesday, under the pretext that it was built without a construction permit. Israeli forces closed off the area to residential access and the municipality staff dismantled gas, water, and power lines, and evacuated the inhabitants before demolishing the building.
Eelier on Wednesday at dawn, Israeli troops kidnapped four Palestinians, including a Fatah official, from the districts of Jenin and Bethlehem, local sources reported.
And that’s all for today from the IMEMC News; this was the Wednesday March 26, 2014 news round-up from the Occupied Palestinian Territories. For more news and updates please visit our website atwww.imemc.org. Today’s report has been brought to you by George Rishmawi and me Ghassan Bannoura.