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Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center,, for Wednesday April 30th, 2014.

Israeli army demolish two Palestinian homes and kidnap civilians during invasions targeting West Bank communities. These stories, and more, coming up, stay tuned.

The Israeli army demolished two Palestinian homes in al Aroup refugee camp near the southern West Bank city of Bethlehem on Wednesday.

According to local sources, several heavy vehicles invaded the area, including farmlands, fired several gas bombs and concussion grenades at the residents, and demolished two homes.

The homes are more than 200 square/meters each; the soldiers also demolished walls around the properties, and uprooted olive and fig trees, and grape vines.

Earlier on Wednesday at dawn Israeli military vehicles invaded various Palestinian communities in the occupied West Bank, searched homes, and kidnapped several Palestinians.

Homes searches and kidnappings were reported in Hebron and Bethlehem cities in southern West Bank as well as the northern west Bank city of Nablus.
Also on Wednesday, the Israeli army handed over the bodies of Imad Awadallah, 48, and his 46-year-old brother Adel, to Palestinian officials at a checkpoint in the northern West Bank. Both, who were Hamas fighters, were killed by Israeli troops back in 1998.

Their funeral was attended by thousands in the central West Bank city of Ramallah on Wednesday midday.

In other news, five Israeli soldiers were injured on Wednesday evening near the southern west Bank city of Hebron.

Army sources said that their military jeep rolled over at the main road near the town of Ithna. The five soldiers sustained light wounds and were moved to an Israeli hospital for treatment.

And that’s all for today from the IMEMC News; this was the Wednesday April 30th, 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.