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Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center,, for Thursday, October 9th, 2014.

Settlers uproot olive trees belonging to Palestinian farmers in the West Bank and Israeli troops open fire at Palestinian farmers near the borders of the Gaza strip. These stories, and more, coming up, stay tuned.

A number of extremist Israeli settlers invaded Palestinian orchards near the West Bank city of Bethlehem, before cutting and uprooting dozens of olive trees.

Hasan Breijiyya, coordinator of the Popular Committee against the Wall and Settlements in the Bethlehem district, stated the settlers came from Beitar Illit illegal settlement, built on Palestinian lands belonging to residents of Nahhalin, Husan and Wadi Fokkin, and uprooted around 38 olive trees, and harvested them.
The settlers also cut around 200 olive trees belonging to Mahmoud ‘Atiyya Shousha, in Ebtat nearby area, next to the settlement.

Breijiyya said Israeli soldiers and settlers have escalated their attacks against Palestinian orchards, west of Bethlehem, by illegally occupying orchards, uprooting trees and burning them, especially in orchards that became surrounded by the Beitar Illit settlement, and close to it.

In other news, the Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) said Israel soldiers kidnapped two Palestinians, including a child, in occupied East Jerusalem, and moved them to an interrogation facility in the city.

Also on Thursday, Israeli soldiers kidnapped a Palestinian man at a roadblock near the central West Bank city of Ramallah. The army also closed two main roadblocks near the northern West Bank city of Nablus.

In the Gaza Strip, Israeli soldiers stationed across the border fence with Gaza opened fire, on Thursday morning, at several Palestinian farmers working in their lands east of Khan Younis, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip.

Local sources said that soldiers stationed on military towers in Kissufim military base, across the border fence, opened fire targeting farmers in the Sanati area, east of Abasan al-Kabeera, and al-Qarara, east of Khan Younis.

The sources added that the attacks started around 6:30 in the morning, and also targeted homes which the civilians had to leave during the Israeli aggression on Gaza. Damage was reported but no injuries.

And that’s all for today from the IMEMC News; this was the Thursday, October 9th, 2014, news round-up from the Occupied Palestinian Territories. For more news and updates please visit our Today’s report has been brought to you by George Rishmawi and me Ghassan Bannoura.