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Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center, www.imemc.org, for Tuesday April 8th, 2014.
Israeli troops attack West Bank communities and kidnap civilians meanwhile army bulldozers destroy farming structures. These stories, and more, coming up, stay tuned.
Israeli forces abducted seventeen people from the West Bank, Tuesday, according to reports by local and security sources.
Early on Tuesday at down, the Israeli army invaded Silwad, a town located near Ramallah city central West Bank and kidnapped seven residents after breaking into, searching and ransacking their houses.
Also on Tuesday, in the Nablus district in northern West Bank, Israeli troops kidnapped five civilians after searching homes in the city and nearby villages.
In southern west Bank, Israeli forces invaded and searched residents’ homes in Hebron old city and nearby areas then kidnapped four civilians. Another invasion was reported in Beit Sahour town in Bethlehem city.
Later on Tuesday, Israeli bulldozers demolished agricultural structures and leveled fields owned by Palestinian farmers near Hebron city.
Witnesses said bulldozers, escorted by Israeli troops, entered private Palestinian fields in the Farsh al-Hawa neighborhood and tore down four buildings used for agricultural purposes. Bulldozers also destroyed almond and grape vine fields in the area, locals added.
In related news several Israeli military jeeps invaded the al-Walaja village, northwest of the West Bank city of Bethlehem, and served two residents with military notices informing them that the army intends to demolish their homes.
Israel destroyed more than 663 Palestinian properties in the West Bank and East Jerusalem in 2013, displacing 1,101 people, according to the UN’s office or the coordination of humanitarian affairs OCHA. Around 241 more people have been displaced just since the beginning of 2014.
And that’s all for today from the IMEMC News; this was the Tuesday April 8th, 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.