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Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center, www.imemc.org, for Wednesday, May 13th, 2015.
Palestinians mark Nakba day all over the West Bank and Gaza, meanwhile Israeli troops invade West Bank communities and attack homes. These stories, and more, coming up, stay tuned.
On Wednesday Palestinians marked the 67th anniversary of Nakba day all over the west Bank and Gaza Strip. Rallies were organized in all major cities. Protesters demanded the right of return and end to the Israeli occupation.
In 1948, Jewish forces destroyed hundreds of Palestinian villages and towns, to establish the state of Israel. As a result more than 800,000 Palestinians were forced to leave their homes and became refugees and still are prevented from returning.
According to the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics now there are 5.3 million Palestinian refugees living in 58 UN established camps in Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
Also on Wednesday, Israeli soldiers kidnapped, Wednesday, a Palestinian teenager in the northern West Bank city of Nablus, and repeatedly beat him, along with three others, allegedly because the teen “carried a pocket knife.”
Local sources said the soldiers detained four Palestinians in Jabal at-Tour area, in Nablus, after stopping their car and searching it. The three other Palestinians were released after the soldiers interrogating them and inspected their ID cards.
Elsewhere, Israeli soldiers invaded, on Wednesday at dawn, Beit Eskarya village, surrounded by the Gush Etzion settlement bloc, south of Bethlehem, handed a demolition order of a barn, and handed three families military orders to stop the construction of their homes.
Civil Administration Office, run by the Israeli army in the West Bank, recently issued similar orders against 34 under construction homes, and structures, in the village. The villagers filed appeals against the orders, but never received any response from the Israeli side.
And that’s all for today from the IMEMC News; this was the Wednesday, May 13th, 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.