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Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center, www.imemc.org, for Monday, January 5th, 2014.
Israeli troops demolish Palestinians owned structures and kidnap civilians during predawn invasions targeting West Bank communities. These stories, and more, coming up, stay tuned.
Israeli soldiers invaded on Monday evening, the village of Zabbouba west of the northern West Bank city of Jenin, and Beit Ummar town north of the southern West Bank city of Hebron, and fired gas bombs causing dozens of Palestinians to suffer the effects of tear gas inhalation.
In related news, soldiers installed a sudden roadblock on the main Jenin-Nablus road, near the ‘Arraba Junction, detained and questioned two Palestinians, identified as Ahmad Husam Melhem, and Zaher Fateh Fareq, for several hours.
Earlier on Monday morning, several armored Israeli military vehicles and bulldozers invaded, the town of Husan, west of the West Bank city of Bethlehem, and demolished a car-wash structure, and two warehouses used for storing sanitary supplies.
The army alleged the structure was installed without a permit from the “Civil Administration Office,” run by the military in the occupied West Bank.
Late on Sunday night and Monday at dawn, sraeli soldiers invaded various Palestinian communities in Hebron and Jerusalem, and kidnapped six Palestinians after searching and ransacking their homes.
In other news, The Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, along with Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, approved on Sunday the expansion of an Israeli colony located on stolen Palestinian land near Ramallah.
The expansion of the Beit El settlement will cost nearly $18 million, and will result in 300 new units being constructed in the colony. The money will come from the defense budget, and will be used to close a militarized base in the colony currently used by the Israeli border patrol, and to construct new houses that will be open for colonization by Israeli civilians.
And that’s all for today from the IMEMC News; this was the Tuesday, December 30th, 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 Saed Bannoura.