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Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center, www.imemc.org, for Monday March 31st, 2014.
Israeli settlers attack and injure two Palestinians as troops invade West Bank communities and kidnap civilians. These stories, and more, coming up, stay tuned.
Palestinian medical sources said that a young Palestinian man was shot and injured by an Israeli settler, south of Nablus, in the northern part of the occupied West Bank. A young man was also injured after being attacked by settlers in occupied Jerusalem.
The sources stated that Nidal Yousef Shihada, 25, from Orif town, southwest of Nablus, was shot by a live round in his leg, and was moved to a local hospital. The incident took place at the Jeet Junction; the wounded young man was moved to the Rafidia Hospital, in Nablus.
On Sunday night, Ghaleb Edrees, 24, was injured after being violently attacked by a group of settlers in the al-Qarmy neighborhood, in the Old City of occupied Jerusalem.
Eyewitnesses said that the settlers sprayed Edrees’s face with pepper spray, and assaulted him. He was moved to the Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem suffering moderate injuries, especially in the face, chest and legs.
On Monday, at dawn, the Israeli army abducted three Palestinians after raiding several areas across the West Bank, according to reports by security and media sources.
Army invasions and home searches were reported in the cities of Hebron, southern west Bank and Jenin in the north.
According to Palestinian human right groups the Israeli army routinely carries out arrest raids in the West Bank. Around 40 percent of Palestinian men living in the occupied territories have been detained by Israel at some point in their lives.
Later on Monday, Hundreds of Israeli settlers gathered on a main road in the northern West Bank and hurled stones at Palestinian vehicles, witnesses said.
Settlers arrived in buses to an intersection near the town of Yaabad, near Jenin. Under guard by Israeli troops, the settlers climbed a hill and began to hurl stones at Palestinian vehicles , local sources reported.
While throwing the rocks, the settlers chanted ‘Death to Arabs,’ witnesses said. The stones smashed through the windshields of several Palestinian vehicles as soldiers stood by, local sources added.
And that’s all for today from the IMEMC News; this was the Monday March 31st, 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.