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Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center, www.imemc.org, for Tuesday, April 21st, 2015.
A Palestinian youth dies in a tunnel accident in Gaza and in the West Bank Israeli settlers uproot trees and injure civilians. These stories, and more, coming up, stay tuned.
Palestinian medical sources have reported that a young man was killed, Tuesday, in a siege-busting tunnel accident in Rafah, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip.
The sources said Ahmad Majed Saqqa, 19 years of age, was electrocuted to death in a tunnel accident. The Palestinian is from al-Qarara area, in Khan Younis, in the southern part of the coastal region.
Dozens of Palestinians work in tunnels as day laborers, smuggling food and medical supplies into the besieged coastal region.
There have been dozens of incidents where tunnel workers died, while scores have been seriously injured, in similar accidents, especially when the tunnels collapsed on them.
In the West Bank, Israeli soldiers invaded, on Tuesday at dawn, an area near the Balata refugee camp, east of the northern West Bank city of Nablus, and clashed with local youths wounding one. The clashes took place after soldiers, and settlers, invaded the Joseph Tomb area in the city.
Medical sources said a young man was shot in one of his legs, and was moved to a hospital in Nablus, suffering a moderate injury.
Also on Tuesday at dawn, Israeli soldiers invaded a number of villages and towns, in the southern West Bank district of Hebron, and the city itself, searched homes, and kidnapped three Palestinians in addition to handing three others military orders for interrogation. Soldiers also kidnapped one Palestinian in Bethlehem.
Moreover, an Israeli settler ran over four Palestinian pedestrians in the occupied West Bank, Tuesday evening, according to witnesses.
The settler approached the four pedestrians while they were walking by the side of the road near the entrance to Nabi Elias village, east of Qalqilia in northern West Bank.
The driver continued traveling east on Road 55 toward the village of Azun, leaving the injured to bleed, until they were evacuated by Red Crescent ambulances to a nearby hospital.
In related news, Israeli settlers from the Immanuel settlement uprooted some 450 olive trees and saplings from lands in Deir Istiya, in northern West Bank, on Tuesday.
The Immanuel settlement was built on lands belonging to residents of Deir Istiya, the settlement is near the Wadi Qana area which settlers aim to have complete control over and force the local farmers out.
And that’s all for today from the IMEMC News; this was the Tuesday, April 21st, 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.