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Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center,, for Thursday, January 15th, 2015.

Israeli soldiers kill two Palestinian youth and in Gaza troops open fire at Palestinian farmers. These stories, and more, coming up, stay tuned.

Late on Wednesday evening, Israeli soldiers shot and killed a Palestinian teenager from Yatta town, near the southern West Bank city of Hebron, and kidnapped his friend, while walking near the Etzion Junction, south of Bethlehem.

Medical sources said the soldiers shot Osama ‘Ali Mohammad Abu Jundiyya, 17 years of age, seriously wounding him, and prevented a Palestinian ambulance that rushed to the scene from reaching him, before he died of his wounds.

Aslo on Wednesday evening, Israeli police shot and killed a young Palestinian man, and wounded two others, during clashes with local residents in Rahat city, in the Negev. Sami al-Ja’aar, 20 years of age, was shot and seriously wounded, and died of his wounds at the Barzelai hospital in Asqalan (Ashkelon).

In a statement, the Israeli Police claimed it was operating against drugs in Basin #25 area, and clashes with local youths who hurled stones at them. The army also moderately injured another Palestinian; two officers suffered mild injuries.

In related news, Israeli soldiers kidnapped, late on Wednesday at night and on Thursday at dawn, two young Palestinian men in occupied Jerusalem.

Moreover, a group of fanatic Israeli settlers uproots nearly 30 dunams of farmlands near Bethlehem on Thursday morning. The setters drove three bulldozers into Khallet an-Nahla area, close to the Efrat illegal settlement, and starting bulldozing nearly 30 Dunams of farmlands.

In Gaza, on Thursday, Israeli soldiers fired rounds of live ammunition at Palestinian farmers in the eastern area of the Khan Younis District, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip, and the al-Maghazi refugee camp, in Central Gaza. No injuries were reported.

Many military vehicles have been seeing driving across the border fence, especially near the Kissufim and Sofa military bases, near the northern and southern borders of Gaza.

And that’s all for today from the IMEMC News; this was the Thursday, January 15th, 2015, news round-up from the Occupied Palestinian Territories. For more news and updates, please visit our website at Today’s report has been brought to you by George Rishmawi and me Ghassan Bannoura.