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Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center,, for Thursday, March 26th, 2015.

Israeli troops invade West Bank communities, kidnap civilians and order families to halt construction of their homes. These stories, and more, coming up, stay tuned.

Dozens of Israeli soldiers invaded, on Thursday morning, the southern West Bank district of Hebron, searched and ransacked homes, and kidnapped five Palestinians, including two children.

In addition, several military jeeps invaded Surif town, west of Hebron, and handed notices to six families ordering to halt the construction of their homes, in Deir Mousa area, northwest of the town.

Moreover, Israeli soldiers invaded, on Thursday at dawn, a number of Palestinian towns in the occupied West Bank, violently searched several homes, and handed six Palestinians military orders for interrogation.

In other news, a Palestinian driver crashed his own car, Thursday, after an Israeli soldier stopped him, searched his car, and forced him to drive him to the Yitzhak illegal colony, near the northern West Bank city of Nablus. The Palestinian contacted the army and told them of what happened.

Local media sources announced that an Israeli soldier of the Golani Brigade waved to a Palestinian driver, 19 years of age, ordering him to stop, and searched his car before ordering him to drive him to the Yitzhar illegal colony, built on Palestinian lands near Nablus.
At the political level, as tension mounts with Washington, Israel’s outgoing government has suspended a controversial plan to build hundreds of new settler homes in occupied East Jerusalem.

According to AFP, the plan involves the construction of 1,500 homes in the settlement neighborhood of Har Homa, where Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave a controversial speech on the eve of March 17 elections, pledging to build thousands of new homes if returned to office.

Today around 550,000 Jewish Israelis live in settlements across the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

And that’s all for today from the IMEMC News; this was the Thursday, March 26th, 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.