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Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center, www.imemc.org, for Thursday, March 19th, 2015.
Israeli troops invade West Bank communities and injuries a Palestinian man and in Gaza Israeli navy attack fishermen. These stories, and more, coming up, stay tuned.
A young man has been shot, and seriously injured, on Wednesday at night, by an Israeli army live round, near the al-Jalazoun refugee camp, north of the central West Bank city of Ramallah, Palestinian medical sources reported.
Ali Mahmoud Safi, 20 years of age, was shot, and seriously injured, by a live round directly to the chest. Eyewitnesses said the soldiers fired dozens of rounds of live ammunition at local youths, during clashes that took place after the army invaded the area.
Several residents have also been injured during ensuing clashes, but their wounds have been described as mild. Several military vehicles have been deployed in the area, closing a number of roads, and obstructed Palestinian traffic.
Moreover, Israeli soldiers invaded, on Thursday at dawn, various Palestinian communities in the occupied West Bank, stormed and ransacked homes, and kidnapped nine Palestinians.
Several armored military vehicles invaded several towns in the southern West Bank district of Hebron, and kidnapped six civilians. In addition, soldiers invaded Silwad town, in the central West Bank district of Ramallah, and kidnapped a journalist. Two more Palestinians have also been kidnapped from their homes in the northern West Bank city of Jenin, and the Jenin refugee camp.
In the Gaza strip, Israeli navy ships attacked, on Thursday morning, a number of fishing boats in Palestinian waters near Gaza City, and fired rounds of live ammunition at them.
The navy also chased the Palestinian fishing boats, forcing them to sail back to shore, in the Sudaniyya area, northwest of Gaza City. The attack is part of daily Israeli assaults against Gaza fishers, and also comes in direct violation of all previously mediated ceasefire agreements, in addition to violating the Oslo Accords.
The current six-nautical-mile fishing zone also falls short of the twenty nautical miles allocated to Palestinian fishermen in the 1993 Oslo Accords, and comes in direct violation of every ceasefire agreement, including the latest ceasefire deal, mediated by Egypt, on August 26, 2014. Earlier in the week, a Palestinian fisher was killed by Israeli navy fire, and two others were kidnapped.
And that’s all for today from the IMEMC News; this was the Thursday, March 19th, 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.