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Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center, www.imemc.org, for Wednesday, September 17th, 2014.
Israeli settlers bulldoze Palestinian lands and troops invade west Bank communities and kidnap civilians. These stories, and more, coming up, stay tuned.
A number of extremist Israeli settlers bulldozed agricultural, and grazing, lands belonging to residents from Deir Estia and Hares villages, north of the Central West Bank city of Salfit.
The settlers came from the Revava illegal Israeli settlement, built on Palestinian lands in the district. The attack is part of Israel’s efforts to expand the illegal settlements on the expense of Palestinian lands belonging to residents of Deir Estia and Hares.
In related news, the Israeli army, on Wednesday, seized privately-owned Palestinian tractors and agricultural equipment in ar-Ras al-Ahmar, a small village to the east of Tubas in northern West Bank.
Soldiers stormed the village in the early morning hours, ordering farmers to produce their identity cards for them. The soldiers then seized their tractors and other equipment, and took them to a nearby military outpost.
Just a few days ago, the army seized water lines and irrigation networks in the area, according to village mayor, Bashar Bani Odeh.
Elsewhere, Hundreds of Israeli Jews again toured the site of Joseph’s Tomb, in Nablus, under guard of Israeli troops, leading to clashes with Palestinian protesters. Witnesses told local media that more than 30 military vehicles escorted eight buses carrying Israelis.
Israeli troops attacked angry residents using tear gas and rubber-coated bullets, local youth responded by throwing stones and Molotov cocktails at the military vehicles as they drove near Balata and Askar refugees camps in Nablus.
Earlier on Wednesday at dawn, Israeli soldiers continued their daily invasions into different Palestinian communities and kidnapped six civilians including two children, in the West Bank and Jerusalem.
And that’s all for today from the IMEMC News; this was the Wednesday, September 17th, 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.