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Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center, www.imemc.org, for Thursday, January 22nd, 2015.
Israeli Troops clashes with local youth in the west Bank and open fire at Gaza fishermen. These stories, and more, coming up, stay tuned.
Palestinian medical sources have reported, on Thursday evening, that several residents suffered the effects of tear gas inhalation after a number of Israeli military vehicles invaded Beit Ummar town, north of the southern West Bank city of Hebron.
Coordinator of the Popular Committee Against the Wall and Settlements in Beit Ummar, Mohammad ‘Ayyad ‘Awad, stated that the clashes took place in the ath-Thaher area, south of the town.
‘Awad added that the soldiers fired gas bombs and rubber-coated metal bullets, causing many Palestinians to suffer the effects of tear gas inhalation.
The invaded area is close to the Karmie Tzur illegal Israeli colony, built in privately owned Palestinian lands. On Tuesday evening, soldiers invaded the same area, and fired gas bombs and rubber-coated metal bullets causing many Palestinians to suffer the effects of tear gas inhalation, while one resident was shot by a rubber-coated metal bullet.
In related news, Israeli soldiers invaded, earlier on Thursday morning, various communities in Hebron, Nablus and Jenin, kidnapped two Palestinians, and detained several others, while searching and ransacking homes.
Elsewhere, Israeli navy ships opened fire, on Thursday at dawn, on a number of Palestinian fishing boats in the Sudaniyya Sea, northwest of Gaza City, and forced the fishers back to shore. Eyewitnesses said the navy ships chased small Palestinian fishing boats, and fired several rounds of live ammunition, causing damage but no injuries.
The boats were within the six nautical miles allocated for the Palestinians for fishing, but the navy frequently attacks within this zone, and in many cases while still docked on the Gaza shore.
The fishers had to sail back to the shore without being able to fish and provide daily bread for their families. The attack comes one day after Israeli navy vessels opened fire on Palestinian boats, in the same area, moderately wounding two fishermen who were moved to the Shifa Hospital in Gaza City.
And that’s all for today from the IMEMC News; this was the Thursday, January 22nd, 2015, news round-up from the Occupied Palestinian Territories. For more news and updates, please visit our website at www.imemc.org. Today’s report has been brought to you by George Rishmawi and me Ghassan Bannoura.