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Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center, www.imemc.org, for Wednesday, July 8th, 2015.
Palestinians mark the first year since last summer Israeli war on Gaza, meanwhile in the West Bank soldiers raid homes and kidnap 10 civilians. These stories, and more, coming up, stay tuned.
Israeli soldiers kidnapped on Wednesday 10 Palestinian civilians during invasions and home searches targeting a number of West Bank communities.
Several military vehicles invaded different parts of Hebron city, Beit ‘Awwa town, and the al-‘Arroub refugee camp, before the soldiers stormed a number of homes and searched them. Troops left after kidnaping five men.
Moreover, four Palestinian civilians were kidnapped when Israeli soldiers searched and ransacked homes in the southern West Bank city of Bethlehem and the nearby Nahhalin town.
In northern West Bank, Israeli troops searched homes in Nablus city and kidnapped one man. Two more men were kidnaped when troops attacked homes in the central West Bank city of Ramallah on Wednesday at dawn.
In other news, The Palestinian Political Prisoners Society (PPS) has reported, Wednesday, that the Prison Administration of the Negev Israeli military Detention Camp, forced a hunger striking detainee into solitary confinement.
Daoud Hamdan, from the West Bank city of Bethlehem, started his strike four days ago protesting his arbitrary Administrative Detention, without charges or trial. Hamdan was kidnapped on June, 3, 2014, and was placed under repeatedly renewed Administrative Detention orders.
The detainee was frequently kidnapped and imprisoned by Israel, spending more than eight years in Israeli prisons and detention centers, including being held without charges for extended periods.
Also on Wednesday, Palestinians marked the one year since last summer Israeli war on Gaza. According to a recent report by the UN’s ffice for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). Israeli 51-day offensive on Gaza last year was the “deadliest” and “most destructive escalation” since 1967.
in July and August of last year, more than 2,260 Palestinians were killed and 11,000 injured, mostly women and children.
According to OCHA, one year have past and still more than 100,000 people remain displaced because some 12,500 destroyed homes cannot be rebuilt because Israel restricts the importing of building materials. Moreover the report shows that 120,000 people in Gaza cannot reach water and 80 percent of the 1.5 million Gazans relies on humanitarian aid.
And that’s all for today from the IMEMC News; this was the Wednesday, July 8th, 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.