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Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center,, for Thursday, February 5th, 2015.

Three Palestinian officers injured in armed clashes with gunmen and Israeli settlers start a new settlement in northern West Bank. These stories, and more, coming up, stay tuned.

Three Palestinian security officers were injured in armed clashes, Thursday morning, between Palestinian security officers and gunmen in the Balata refugee camp, east of Nablus in the northern West Bank.

Security sources announced that the officers came under fire just as they entered the camp, which is the biggest in the West Bank, in an attempt to arrest a number of fugitives. Palestinian security described the gunmen who fired at the security officers as ‘outlaws’.

In other news, Israeli soldiers invaded, on Thursday at dawn, the southern West Bank city of Hebron, and the nearby towns of Doura and as-Sammoa’, south of the city, and kidnapped three Palestinians, including a child.

Also on Thursday at dawn, Israeli soldiers invaded the village of Nabi Saleh, northwest of the central West Bank city of Ramallah, leading to clashes with local youths. One Palestinian has also been kidnapped in Beit Rima nearby village.

In Jerusalem, Israeli police abducted three Palestinian women on Thursday morning, as they were leaving occupied East Jerusalem’s Al Aqsa Mosque, while 11 settlers stormed its courtyards amid tight security measures.

Meanwhile, a group of Israeli settlers stormed an outskirt of the northern West Bank village of Beita, to the south of Nablus, on Thursday, where they set up a new illegal settlement outpost, a Palestinian Authority official said.

According to local sources, several settler vehicles arrived at the Jabal Subeih area and set up movable houses and water tanks. The settlers surrounded the area with a fence.

Extremist settlers have tried to take control of the area in the past. Now they have arrived with their families for the first time, which means they want to settle down and create a new illegal outpost, local sources added.

And that’s all for today from the IMEMC News; this was the Thursday, February 5th, 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.