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Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center,, for Thursday April 17th, 2014.

Israeli troops attack West Bank school children and injure dozens of them while troops kidnap more civilians in predawn invasions. These stories, and more, coming up, stay tuned.

Palestinian medical sources said sixteen Palestinians were shot and injured on Thursday by Israeli army fire in the center of Hebron city, during clashes with the invading soldiers.

Eyewitnesses said dozens of soldiers invaded the Ibrahimiyya School in Hebron, attacked teachers and students, and detained its headmaster, Mohammad Kamel Ja’afra, three teachers, and at least one student. Clashes lasted near all day, local sources reported.

Elsewhere, several Palestinians were injured, on Thursday, during clashes between Israeli soldiers and Palestinians in the Bethlehem village of Tuqu, locals said.

Israeli soldiers fired rubber-coated steel bullets and tear gas canisters at school students in Tuqu after raiding the village, according to the witnesses.

Several students and local residents suffered light injuries as a result of the tear gas.The attack comes amidst a peaceful rally in support of prisoners, marking Palestinian Prisoner’s Day.

Also on Thursday Palestinians marked the Political Prisoners’ Day. On this day reports show that more than 800,000 Palestinians, including children, have been kidnapped and imprisoned by Israel since 1967.
In the meantime at least 5,000 Palestinians are currently held by Israel, a report by the Palestinian Ministry of Political Detainees has revealed.

The Ministry said that Israel is ongoing with its daily invasions, assaults and arrests against the Palestinians in different parts of occupied Palestine, targeting both men and women, adults and minors of varying ages.

Eelier on Thursday at dawn, Israeli soldiers invaded various Palestinian communities in the occupied West Bank, broke into homes and searched them and kidnapped at least eight young Palestinian men.

Local sources reported invasions in the cities of Hebron and Bethlehen, soutrhren West Bank, as well as Jenin and Nablus in the north.

And that’s all for today from the IMEMC News; this was the Thursday April 17th, 2014 news round-up from the Occupied Palestinian Territories. For more news and updates please visit our Today’s report has been brought to you by George Rishmawi and me Ghassan Bannoura.