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Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center, www.imemc.org, for Tuesday May 6th, 2014.
Israeli attacks on Palestinian communities in the west Bank leaves 17 people injured and Egyptian navy detain Palestinian fishermen from Gaza. These stories, and more, coming up, stay tuned.
Fifteen Palestinians were injured and three others were detained in Jerusalem on Tuesday during clashes which broke out in the vicinity of Old City.
Police fired a barrage of stun grenades and rubber-coated steel bullets, injuring 15 people who gathered near Bab Hatta (Hatta Gate), leading to al-Aqsa mosque, after being denied entry. Three people were taken to a hospital, while others were treated on site.
The Israeli police kept the Al-Aqsa mosque closed to worshipers under the age of 50 for the second day, on Tuesday. According to local sources the closer took effect on Monday night. Moreover, the Israeli police allowed a Jewish right wing group to tour the compound who raised Israeli flags on Israeli Independence Day.
Elsewhere, two children were injured, in two separate attacks carried out by Israeli soldiers in Hebron city, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank. Local sources announced that several soldiers assaulted Khaled Zahda, 12, in the Bab az-Zaweya area, causing various cuts and bruises.
Palestinian medics arrived at the scene, and moved to the wounded child to the Hebron Governmental Hospital in the city. The attack took place after Israeli soldiers invaded the area, and clashed with local youth who hurled stones at them.
In addition, one child was injured in the head after a soldier topping a building, near the Ibrahim Mosque, dropped a stone at him. The child was also moved to the Hebron Hospital, suffering moderate injuries, medical sources said.
Also on Tuesday hundreds of Israeli settlers stormed an agricultural area in the village of Nahhaleen, to the west of Bethlehem, city in southern west Bank.
Local sources sad that 300 settlers, accompanied by armed soldiers, stormed the area and sabotaged agricultural property owned by local residents, in addition to performing religious rituals and preventing farmers from reaching their own land. Settlers previously attacked a courtyard for children in Nahhaleen, where they performed religious rituals, upon doing so.
Earlier on Tuesday, soldiers invaded various Palestinian communities in different parts of the occupied West Bank, searched several homes and kidnapped at least one Palestinian.
In Gaza on Tuesday, The Egyptian navy detained three Palestinian fishermen off the coast of the southern Gaza Strip, according to a union official. Gaza fishermen face severe restrictions imposed by both Israel and Egypt, whose navies often fire on boats which stray outside the ‘designated’ fishing zones.
As part of the ceasefire agreement of November, 2012, Israel agreed to allow the Palestinians to fish within six nautical miles, but unilaterally decreased the allotted area to three miles.
And that’s all for today from the IMEMC News; this was the Tuesday May 6th, 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.