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Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center, www.imemc.org, for Thursday April 3rd, 2014.
Israeli soldiers demolish Palestinian farm structures in Jerusalem and settlers clash with residents in northern West Bank. These stories, and more, coming up, stay tuned.
Dozens of Israeli soldiers invaded the Jabal al-Baba Bedouin area, east of the al-Ezariyya town, east of occupied East Jerusalem, demolishing several Palestinian agricultural sheds and residential structures. Residents said that Israeli army bulldozers demolished at least three residential structures as well.
In other news, Hundreds of Jewish settlers on Thursday raided the Joseph’s Tomb east of the West Bank city of Nablus, under the protection of Israeli army. Palestinian official responsible for the Settlement File in the northern West Bank, Ghassan Doughlas, told local media that violent clashes erupted in the area between the Palestinian residents and Israeli forces, amid heavy fire shooting from the Israeli side. Following the clashes, the Israeli forces and army withdrew from the area.
Also on Thursday, Israeli forces served 20 families in the Jordan Valley with notices to evacuate their homes in order to conduct military trainings there, according to local sources. Residents said that the Israeli forces invaded the area of Wad Ibzeeq, in the northern Jordan Valley.
Elsewhere, radical Israelis slashed the tires of over 40 cars and sprayed racist graffiti in a predominantly Christian town, in the Galilee area of northern Israel, according to Israeli media sources. The attackers sprayed ‘Only goyim should be evacuated from our land’ on a wall in the village of Jish, a Maronite majority village of some 3,000 residents.
Israeli police have opened an investigation into the incident, and labeled it as a suspected ‘price tag’ attack. Attacks by the Price Tag radical Jewish group have escalated in recent weeks. On Tuesday the group members attacked the town of Deir Rafat Catholic convent in west Jerusalem and sprayed racist slogans on its walls.
In the Gaza Strip, Israeli army vehicles, invaded on Thursday border-areas and went nearly 200 meters into the eastern part of Rafah, south of Gaza, according to local sources. The Sources said that seven military vehicles, including three bulldozers and four tanks, entered the borders to the east of Rafah and razed an agricultural area amid gunfire. No arrests or injuries were reported.
Moreover Israeli warships opened fire, Thursday morning, at Palestinian fishermen off the Gaza coast line. Witnesses said that the warships fired at boats off al-Sodaniyya shore, north of Gaza, although the fishermen were within the 3-mile fishing distance, No injuries were reported.
And that’s all for today from the IMEMC News; this was the Thursday April 3rd, 2014 news round-up from the Occupied Palestinian Territories. For more news and updates please visit our websiteatwww.imemc.org. Today’s report has been brought to you by George Rishmawi and me Ghassan Bannoura.