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Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center, www.imemc.org, for Thursday, April 30th, 2015.
Israeli troops forces families out of their homes for military training and invade West Bank communities and kidnap civilians. These stories, and more, coming up, stay tuned.
Dozens of soldiers invaded, on Thursday, several areas of the West Bank’s Northern Plains, and ordered around 50 Bedouin families to leave their areas, as the army intends to conduct training.
Head of the Wadi al-Maleh Village Council ‘Aref Daraghma said the soldiers decided to displace 27 families from al-Borj, al-Meeta and al-Maleh areas, 10 families in Khirbet Ebzeeq, and 10 families in Hamsa area.
Daraghma added that the army started many years ago, forcing dozens of Bedouins out of their lands and sheds for a few days each time, so that it can conduct military drills using live fire, including explosives.
He said that approximately 4000 Dunams of natural grazing lands have been burnt, as a result of repeated military drills in the area.
Elsewhere, Israeli soldiers kidnapped, on Thursday at dawn, eight Palestinians in different parts of the occupied West Bank, including four teenagers in occupied East Jerusalem.
Media sources in Hebron, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank, said several armored Israeli military vehicles invaded the Shuhada Street, and kidnapped one Palestinian. The soldiers violently searched his home, and several nearby homes, causing property damage.
Soldiers also invaded Khallet al-‘Ein area in Beit Ummar town, north of Hebron searched property causing excessive damage, before kidnapping one man. In addition, soldiers invaded Bani Neim and Yatta nearby towns, installed roadblocks and searched cars.
Furthermore, a number of military vehicles invaded Toura village, in the Ya’bad area, near the northern West Bank city of Jenin, broke into and searched several homes, and kidnapped two Palestinians.
The soldiers also invaded a stone factory, south of Jenin, and detained several young men for several hours.
Army also installed a roadblock in the area, stopped and searched dozens of cars, and interrogated several Palestinians while inspecting their ID cards.
In occupied Jerusalem, soldiers invaded Ras al-‘Amoud neighborhood, also searched homes, and kidnapped four teenagers.
And that’s all for today from the IMEMC News; this was the Thursday, April 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 Ghassan Bannoura.