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Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center, www.imemc.org, for Monday, March 30th, 2015.
Israeli navy attack Palestinian fishermen in Gaza and in the West Bank troops invade communities and kidnap civilians. These stories, and more, coming up, stay tuned.
Israeli soldiers kidnapped during late-night hours, and on Monday at dawn, at least twenty Palestinians in different parts of the occupied West Bank, and took them to a number of interrogation and detention centers.
Also on Monday, Israeli soldiers invaded various areas in occupied East Jerusalem, and kidnapped at least ten Palestinians.
Moreover, Israeli soldiers invaded Um al-Kheir village, near the southern west Bank city of Hebron, and handed seven members of a local family military warrants ordering them to remove their residential sheds.
In other news, Palm Sunday celebrations in Beit Jala were brought to an abrupt end, on Sunday, when Israeli troops raided the majority-Christian town near the southern west Bank city of Bethlehem and began threatening locals.
Palestinian policemen on duty near the celebrations were threatened by Israeli soldiers with arrest during the raid, which took place in the middle of the day as Sunday mass was coming to an end in local churches, local news reported.
The town of Beit Jala is subject to regular incursions by Israeli forces, even though the large majority of its population live in Areas A, subject to full Palestinian civil and military control under the Oslo Accords.
In Gaza, The Israeli navy Sunday targeted Palestinian fishermen with gunfire while they were sailing offshore the city of Gaza. Local media sources announced that the navy fired heavy gunfire towards Palestinians’ fishing boats despite sailing within the six-nautical-mile zone allocated to fishing activities.
The fishermen returned to the shore quickly to escape the attack. There were no reports of casualties, however. Israeli navy and army routinely open fire on Palestinian fishermen sailing within the six-nautical-mile zone, as well as farmers in farmlands along the border, local sources added.
And that’s all for today from the IMEMC News; this was the Monday, March 30th, 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.