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Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center, www.imemc.org, for Thursday, March 12th, 2015.
Israeli troops invade West Bank communities and kidnaps civilians and in Gaza Israeli navy attack fishermen. These stories, and more, coming up, stay tuned.
Israeli soldiers kidnapped, on Wednesday night and Thursday at dawn, three young Palestinians including a 10-year old child, and four women, in occupied East Jerusalem.
Homes searches and kidnappings were reported in Jerusalem old city and Ras al-‘Amoud neighborhood in Silwan.
On Wednesday evening, soldiers kidnapped three Palestinians while digging an agricultural road leading to their lands, west of Azmout village, east of the northern West Bank city of Nablus. Eyewitnesses said the soldiers also confiscated a bulldozer.
On Thursday at dawn, Several Israeli military vehicles invaded various Palestinian communities in the southern West Bank city of Hebron, and a number of nearby towns.
Eyewitnesses said the army invaded the ath-Thaheriyya town, south of Hebron, after closing all of its main roads, and drove around before leaving it later on.
The soldiers also invaded Bani Neim town, north of Hebron, while several armored vehicles and trucks invaded various neighborhoods in Hebron city.
The soldiers withdrew later without conducting any arrests, while a number of army jeeps installed roadblocks on roads leading to a number of towns near Hebron, stopped and searched dozens of Palestinian cars, and interrogated many residents while inspecting their ID cards.
In Gaza, Israeli navy ships opened fire, on Thursday morning, on a number of Palestinian fishing boats in Gaza territorial waters, in the Sudaniyya Sea area, northwest of Gaza City.
Local fishers said the navy fired dozens of rounds of live ammunition towards a number of fishing boats less than four miles off the coast. The fishers had to sail back to shore in order to avoid further Israeli escalation; no injuries were reported.
Gaza fishers are subject to daily attacks and violations in Palestinian territorial waters within the six nautical miles the Palestinians are allowed to sail in and fish. The Navy even attacked fishing boats, and fishers, while the boats were docked on shore.
Dozens of thousands of families in the besieged coastal region depend on fishing as their only sources of livelihood.
And that’s all for today from the IMEMC News; this was the Thursday, March 12th, 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.