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Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center, www.imemc.org, for Tuesday May 13th, 2014.
Israeli troops kidnap civilians during invasions targeting the west Bank, and Palestinian leaders meet in Gaza for the national unity government talks. These stories, and more, coming up, stay tuned.
Seven Palestinian civilians were kidnapped on Tuesday during army invasions targeting West Bank communities.
Israeli police officers kidnapped two female students in the yards of the al-Aqsa Mosque, in occupied Jerusalem, while Israeli soldiers kidnapped five Palestinians in the West Bank districts of Nablus and Bethlehem.
Local sources in Jerusalem have reported that dozens of soldiers, and police officers, invaded the yards of the al-Aqsa Mosque, harassed several Palestinians, kidnapped two female students of a religious school, and took them to a police station in the city.
The sources added that the arrest came after dozens of Israeli settlers invaded the yards of the al-Aqsa Mosque while chanting anti-Arab and anti-Islamic slogans.
Later in Tuesday, Israeli soldiers destroyed Palestinian farm lands owned by farmers from the village of Jinna near Hebron city in southern West Bank.
Local sources announced that the army destroyed about 10 Dunums of land and forced farmers out of their lands.
At the political level, Azzam al-Ahmad of the Fatah movement headed by President Abbas, arrived in the Gaza Strip today for talks with Islamist Hamas leaders, local sources reported.
According to sources the Fatah leader visit today comes as part of the efforts to implement national reconciliation deal that was reached between the Palestine Liberation Organization and Hamas back in April. Todayâ€™s meeting is intended to tackle the issue of unity government.
And thatâ€™s all for today from the IMEMC News; this was the Tuesday May 13th, 2014 news round-up from the Occupied Palestinian Territories. For more news and updates please visit our websiteatwww.imemc.org. Todayâ€™s report has been brought to you by George Rishmawi and me Ghassan Bannoura.