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Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center, www.imemc.org, for Tuesday May 20th, 2014.
Two Palestinian workers killed in Israel, and Israeli troops invade West Bank communities and kidnap 11 civilians. These stories, and more, coming up, stay tuned.
Two Palestinian workers have died in a fire in central Israel while another has been injured after jumping to safety, according to medical sources.
Medics said that the two men, both from the northern West Bank city of Nablus, were killed in a fire which started in a banquet hall, in Beit Nehemia.
Another worker was injured after he jumped from the second floor of the building, upon which he was taken to Assaf Harofeh medical center, in Petah Tikva.
Earlier today, a young Palestinian was hit by a high-velocity tear gas canister during clashes with Israeli troops in the southern West Bank town of Yatta, according to a local official.
Tamir Raed Abu Sabha was taken to a nearby hospital after being hit by the canister.
According to local sources, the clashes took place near the office of the Yatta municipality, where Israeli soldiers bombarded the area with tear gas and stun grenades, which caused a state of alarm among the residents.
Also on Tuesday, Israeli forces kidnapped four Palestinians, including two minors, from the Hebron area in southern West Bank, in addition to seven others from inside the yards al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem, according to reports by security forces and witnesses.
A group of settlers, under the protection of special Israeli police, stormed the courtyards of Al-Aqsa Mosque from the Mughrabi (Moroccan) Gate, , provoking Palestinian worshipers who protested their entry to the holy sites.
Israeli police ‘intervened’ and abducted seven Palestinian worshipers, when they attempted to stop the settlers, upon which police led the to a nearby detention and interrogation center in Jerusalem.
And that’s all for today from the IMEMC News; this was the Tuesday May 20th, 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.