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Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center, www.imemc.org, for Tuesday, October 21st, 2014.
Israeli soldiers demolish homes in Jerusalem and settlers set up new homes in northern West Bank. These stories, and more, coming up, stay tuned.
Three Palestinian homes and three structures used for livestock in al-Tur, to the east of the Old City of Jerusalem, were demolished by Israeli bulldozers on Tuesday.
According to residents, bulldozers from the Beit El settlement municipality were escorted by Israeli forces into al-Tur, where they demolished homes belonging to the al-Zari family, leaving 23 Palestinians homeless.
Elsewhere, Israeli settlers, on Tuesday, set up two new outposts in the Israeli-occupied northern West Bank after confiscating hundreds of dunams of land.
According to Ghassan Daghlas, who monitors
settlement activity in the region, told local news that Israeli settlers had constructed two steel structures in the al-Dawa area of Khirbet Yanun near the Palestinian town of Aqraba. Additionally, settlers also started razing Palestinian lands in preparation to build a road.
Moreover in the southern Hebron village of at-Tuwani, on Tuesday, the Israeli army notified a local resident to remove two tents and a shed.
According to local sources, an Israeli army force, accompanied by staff from the Israeli Civil Administration, invaded the village and ordered local residents to remove the two tents which were sheltering one family, in addition to a shed being used to house animals.
Residents of at-Tuwani depend upon animal husbandry as their main source of livelihood. Yet, the village has fallen prey to a recurrent Israeli crackdown, local sources reported.
On Tuesday at dawn, Israeli forces raided a number of Palestinian houses in the village of Budrus, to the west of Ramallah, under the pretext of collecting ‘static data’.
According to witnesses, Israeli soldiers stormed the village at dawn, violently raiding dozens of houses, taking photos and checking residents’ IDs.
Palestinian TV cameraman Mohaamed Awad was reportedly beaten by Israeli soldiers who kept him outside his house and interrogated him.
In related news the Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) has reported that Israeli soldiers have kidnapped 225 Palestinians in the last three weeks, in different parts of the occupied West Bank.
The PPS said the Hebron district, in the southern part of the West Bank, witnessed the largest wave of arrests, similar to previous months, as the soldiers have kidnapped 70 Palestinians since October 1.
And that’s all for today from the IMEMC News; this was the Tuesday, October 21st, 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.