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Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center, www.imemc.org, for Thursday May 1st, 2014.
Israeli settlers uproot olive trees owned by Palestinian farmers in the West Bank and army tanks invade areas in the Gaza Strip. These stories, and more, coming up, stay tuned.
Israeli soldiers assaulted, on Thursday, four Palestinians who were working in their farmlands near ‘Aboud village, north of the central West Bank city of Ramallah.
Eyewitnesses said soldiers, stationed at a military camp near the village, invaded Palestinian lands and orchards, violently attacking four villagers, causing various cuts and bruises.
The four were moved to a nearby medical center; they have been identified as Salah Abdul-Majid, Hussein Abdul-Majid, Waleed Abdul-Majid and Sami Taher.
Earlier on Thursday a number of extremist Israeli settlers invaded a Palestinian olive orchard, south of the West Bank city of Bethlehem, and uprooted around 50 saplings. the attacked orchard is located in Khallet an-Nahla area of Wady Rahhal village.
The invaded orchard is located in an area that was recently subject to escalating attacks, and that the attacks included uprooting trees, bulldozing lands and assaults on local villagers.
On Wednesday, the villagers managed to obtain a ruling from an Israeli court ordering the settlers to leave the orchard and remove a room they installed.
In related news in Hebron, in the southern part of the West Bank, a number of Israeli settlers hurled stones on Thursday at Palestinian cars driving near Keryat Arba’ settlement, east of the city; damage was reported, but no injuries.
Elsewhere, several armored Israeli military vehicles invaded an area east of Khuza’a town, in Khan Younis city, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip. Army bulldozers destroyed Palestinian lands. Local sources reported that at least eight military bulldozers and vehicles advanced nearly 100 meters into Palestinian lands, through the Abu Reeda area.
The invading vehicles used smokescreens during the invasion, while military vehicles stationed nearby fired dozens of rounds of live ammunition into the area as Palestinian workers were collecting gravel used in constructions. No injuries were reported.
And that’s all for today from the IMEMC News; this was the Thursday May 1st, 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.