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Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center, www.imemc.org, for Wednesday, October 21, 2015.
One Palestinian youth were killed by Israeli troops’ gunfire near Jerusalem, on Wednesday, while an elderly man died during ongoing clashes in the southern West Bank city of Hebron. These stories, and more, coming up, stay tuned.
On Wednesday afternoon, Moa’taz Attalah Qassem, 22, was shot dead by Israeli soldiers outside the illegal Israeli settlement of Adam, near the town of Jaba’ north of occupied Jerusalem. He is From Eazaryia town near Jerusalem. Qassem was shot dead after allegedly he tried to stab two Israeli soldiers on the Jaba’ roundabout just outside the illegal settlement.
According to witnesses, the man was shot with multiple live rounds to the head and abdomen while another youth standing near the incident area was arrested by Israeli soldiers and taken to unknown location. The circumstances of Qassem death remains unknown. Israeli troops closed down the road, which lead to the nearby city of Ramalalh and the northern part of the West Bank, which lead to sever traffic.
Earlier on Wednesday midday, Hashem al-‘Azza, 54 years of age, from Tel Romeida neighborhood in Hebron old city, died of severe effects of tear gas inhalation, after dozens of soldiers invaded the Zawiya area in the city and clashed with local youth, Medical sources at the Hebron Governmental Hospital reported.
Medics rushed to the scene, and tried to stabilize his condition, before moving him to the hospital, where he died of the severe effects of tear gas inhalation. Several Palestinians were shot with live rubber-coated steel bullets, while dozens suffered the effects of tear gas inhalation, in Bab az-Zawiya area, and Tareq Bin Ziad Street.
In addition, a Palestinian was shot with a live round in the chest, during clashes with Israeli soldiers invading the Dowwara area, in Sa’ir town, north of Hebron. On Tuesday at night, soldiers shot and killed two children, aged 15 and 17 years old, in Hebron’s Old City, allegedly after they ‘tried to attack a soldier’. The military claimed that one soldier was lightly wounded.
Since October 1st, 53 Palestinians have been killed, and more than 2000 others injured by Israeli troops, according to Palestinian medical sources. According to the Palestinian Ministry of Health showed that since the start of October, 5500 residents were treated for the effects of tear gas inhalation fired by Israeli troops targeting Palestinian protesters.
More clashes on Wednesday were reported in Ramallah city central West Bank, Bethlehem and Nablus. In Bethlehem two youth were shot with live rounds. In Ramallah 17 people were injured by Israeli troops live gunfire, rubber coated steel bullets and tear gas.
Moreover, at least 28 Palestinians were kidnapped during army invasions and home searches on Wednesday at dawn, targeting a number of West Bank communities. 21 of those kidnaped were taken from Hebron city, the rest were kidnapped during army attacks on homes in the cities Nablus, Jenin and Bethlehem.
And that’s all for today from the IMEMC News; this was the Wednesday October 21, 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.