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Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center, www.imemc.org, for Monday, January 26th, 2015.
Israeli soldiers invade West Bank communities, injuries civilians and a kidnap a number of teenagers. These stories, and more, coming up, stay tuned.
Local sources in Hebron, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank, have reported that Israeli soldiers invaded the city and Beit Ummar nearby town, and kidnapped five Palestinians; Many Palestinians injured.
The sources said several military vehicles invaded Hebron city and al Tabaqa and Beit Ummar nearby villages broke into and searched a number of homes, and kidnapped five teenagers.
The latest arrests in Beit Ummar raises the number of Palestinians kidnapped by the army since the beginning of this month to 38, including 17 children.
On Sunday night young man was injured, and another was kidnapped, by Israeli soldiers invading Beit Ummar town.
Medical sources in Hebron said scores of Palestinians received treatment for the effects of tear has inhalation, especially near the Abu ar-Reesh roadblock in Hebron’s Old City, during clashes that took place after the soldiers invaded it.
In related news, soldiers invaded the southern West Bank city of Beit Sahour and the nearby Bethlehem city, searched homes.
In addition, soldiers installed a sudden roadblock on the main entrances of Zabbouba town, west of the northern West Bank city of Jenin, stopped dozens of cars and interrogated the passengers while inspecting their ID cards.
Elsewhere, Rafah crossing, the only way in and out of Gaza, has been sealed for a total of 241 days during 2014, and opened for only 125, the Border and Crossing Authority reported. the Interior Ministry’s crossing authority has issued its annual statics reports regarding passenger traffic via Rafah crossing, noting that the crossing was closed for 66% of 2014.
It explained that, out of the 125 days in which the crossing was opened, 51 days were in correlation with the transport of causalities during the latest Israeli military aggression on the region. Other days were allocated for the travel of pilgrims.
Rafah crossing has been closed since mid-2013, except for three days every two to three months. Most Palestinian travelers were not allowed access because of subsequent restrictive measures imposed by Egyptian authorities.
And that’s all for today from the IMEMC News; this was the Monday, January 26th, 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.