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Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center, www.imemc.org, for Tuesday June 17th, 2014.
Warships continue to Attack Gaza, and Israeli troops attack West Bank communities and kidnap more civilians. These stories, and more, coming up, stay tuned.
On Tuesday the Israeli army continued to attack West Bank communities as troops are still searching for the three missing Israeli settlers.
Local sources in the southern West Bank district of Hebron have reported that the soldiers kidnapped at least fifteen Palestinians after breaking into their homes, and interrogated dozens of residents. At least 80 Palestinians have been kidnapped in the Hebron district since the three Israeli settlers went missing last Thursday at night.
In the Bethlehem District, soldiers invaded the Aida refugee camp, east of the city, and searched a number of homes before kidnapping one resident.
Moreover dozens of Israeli soldiers invaded the northern West Bank city of Jenin, and the Jenin refugee camp, violently broke into and searched dozens of homes, kidnapped eight Palestinians, and confiscated a vehicle belonging to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA).
The army campaign started on Friday at dawn as three Israeli settlers living in an illegal settlement near the southern West Bank city of Hebron went missing. Israeli sources accused Palestinian armed groups of kidnaping them.
Elsewhere, on Tuesday, the Israeli air force fired several missiles targeting different areas in Gaza City, and Khan Younis in the southern part of the Gaza Strip, causing excessive property damage. Gaza fishermen were also attacked in Palestinian waters.
Local sources said that the soldiers fired at least two missiles into farmlands west of Khan Younis city, burning trees and causing damage to nearby Palestinian homes and property.
Meanwhile, the air force also fired several missiles into an area north of Khan Younis, in the southern part of the coastal region, causing damage in several homes, while several Palestinians suffered anxiety attacks.
In addition, an Israeli Apache helicopter fired two missiles into a blacksmith workshop in Jaffa Street, in the at-Tuffah neighborhood of Gaza city, destroying the workshop and causing damage in a number of nearby homes.
Moreover, Israeli navy boats opened fire at a number of fishing boats in Palestinian waters in Khan Younis and Rafah, causing damage and forcing the fishers to head back to the shore fearing additional escalation.
And thatâs all for today from the IMEMC News; this was the Tuesday June 17th, 2014 news round-up from the Occupied Palestinian Territories. For more news and updates please visit our websiteatwww.imemc.org. Todayâs report has been brought to you by George Rishmawi and me Ghassan Bannoura.