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Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center, www.imemc.org, for Wednesday, February 4th, 2015.
Israeli soldiers kidnap seven Palestinian children during raids targeting West Bank communities, meanwhile Israeli forces destroy a protest ten village near Jerusalem. These stories, and more, coming up, stay tuned.
Israeli soldiers kidnapped, on Wednesday at dawn, seven Palestinian children in the southern West Bank district of Hebron, and two children in occupied East Jerusalem, after invading their homes and searching them.
Several military vehicles invaded the Tabaqa village, south of Doura town near Hebron, and kidnapped three children, local sources said. In Beit Ummar town, north of Hebron, soldiers kidnapped two high-school students after storming their homes and ransacking them.
Clashes took place in the town, after the soldiers invaded it and kidnapped the Palestinians; the army fired several gas bombs and concussion grenades. Several Palestinians, and workers of a local bakery, suffered the effects of tear gas inhalation.
In Jerusalem, soldiers broke into and ransacked a number of homes in the at-Tour town, overlooking the Old City, and kidnapped two Palestinians before moving them to the al-Maskobiyya interrogation center, west of the city.
Later on Wednesday, Dozens of Israeli soldiers stormed the “Jerusalem Gate” protest tent village in Khallet ar-Raheb area, east of Abu Dis town, near occupied Jerusalem, removed the tents, and confiscated property.
Coordinator of the Popular Resistance Committee against the Wall and Settlements, Abdullah Abu Rahma, said the soldiers confiscated chairs, food supplies and equipment. The soldiers also fired gas bombs and concussion grenades at the nonviolent activists, and the residents of Abu Dis and el-‘Ezariyya towns, in addition to residents of Bedouin communities that Israel wants to displace.
The protest village, composed of three tents, was installed to protest Israel’s plan to remove the al-Jahalin Bedouin tribe, in occupied East Jerusalem, and Israel’s ongoing illegal policies of building and expanding its illegal colonies in different parts of occupied Palestine, including occupied Jerusalem.
In other news, Hundreds of Palestinians took part a solidarity protest just outside the Jordanian Representative Office in Ramallah. The protest was called for in response to the slaying of Mouath Al Kassasbeh, the Jordanian hostage by ISIS. The terrorist group released a video on Tuesday showing Al Kassasbeh being burned alive by fighters of ISIS.
And that’s all for today from the IMEMC News; this was the Wednesday, February 4th, 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.