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Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center, www.imemc.org, for Monday August 18th, 2014.
Israeli soldiers demolish three homes in the west Bank and Jerusalem, while soldiers injure a civilian at Gaza – Israeli borders. These stories, and more, coming up, stay tuned.
Israeli soldiers wired and detonated two Palestinian homes in Hebron city, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank on Monday, and sealed the home of a third Palestinian with concrete. A Palestinian home was also demolished in occupied East Jerusalem.
The homes belong to the families of ‘Amer Abu Aisha and Marwan al-Qawasma, who are actively sought by Israel, and the home of detainee Husam al-Qawasma. Tel Aviv is claiming the three are believed to be behind the alleged “abduction and killing of three Israeli settlers” last June.
Clashes took place between the soldiers and dozens of local youth, while the army also invaded and ransacked several homes, before using rooftops as military towers.
Several Palestinian families have been treated for the effects of tear gas inhalation, during clashes which took place near the home of Husam al-Qawasma in Abu Kteila area of Hebron. A Palestinian reporter was injured in the leg by a rubber-coated metal bullet fired by the soldiers.
In related news, soldiers invaded the at-Tour neighborhood, in occupied East Jerusalem, and demolished a Palestinian home. Israel alleges the home was built without a construction permit.
While Israel grants itself the “right” to build and expand its illegitimate settlements in occupied Jerusalem, and several areas in the West Bank, the vast majority of Palestinians in the occupied city are denied construction permits, and are not even granted permits to modify their existing homes.
Earlier on Monday at dawn, Israeli troops invaded dozens of Palestinian communities in the occupied West Bank and occupied Jerusalem, ransacking homes while interrogating families, and kidnapping at least six Palestinians.
In the Gaza Strip, Israeli soldiers shot and injured a Palestinian man near Karm Abu-Salem (Kerem Shalom) border crossing, on the Gaza-Israel border on Sunday. Forces stationed at the border checkpoint opened fire at the young man, injuring him, claiming that he attempted to infiltrate the site.
And that’s all for today from the IMEMC News; this was the Monday August 18th, 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.