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Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center, www.imemc.org, for Wednesday June 18th, 2014.
The Israeli army continues its campaign targeting the west Bank and Israelâ€™s government approves more homes for settlers. These stories, and more, coming up, stay tuned.
As the army continued its invasions and arrests in different parts of the West Bank and occupied Jerusalem, at least 64 Palestinians were kidnapped on Wednesday, at dawn, including 51 former prisoners who were previously released under the Shalit Prisoner Swap Deal.
The Palestinians were kidnapped in numerous invasions carried out in various Palestinian communities, including Hebron, Bethlehem, Ramallah, Tulkarem, Jenin and Qalqilia.
Media sources said Israel informed more than 40 kidnapped Palestinians, who were previously released under the Shalit deal, that it intends to transfer some of them, if not all, to the Gaza.
The latest arrests bring the number of kidnapped Palestinians, since last Thursday night, to more than 260 Palestinians. The Israeli army started a wide scale kidnaping campaign targeting Palestinian civilians all over the West Bank shortly after three Israeli settlers from southern West Bank went missing,
In other news The Israeli army has threatened a Palestinian citizen in Beitunia, east of Ramallah, for his part in documenting the killing of two teens during the Nakba Day protest, last May.
According to Palestinian media sources the home of Fakher Zayed, age 47, was raided on Wednesday by Israeli forces, upon which they took him to the Ofer interrogation center, where the interrogator accused him of causing problems for the army by publishing the content of his security cameras.
The video clearly reveals how the Israeli army killed two Palestinian teenagers during solidarity protests, this past 15th of May.
Moreover on Wednesday the Israeli planning and construction commission approved the construction of 172 new housing units in the illegal settlement of Jabal Abu Ghneim (HarHoma), east occupied Jerusalem.
And thatâ€™s all for today from the IMEMC News; this was the Wednesday June 18th, 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.