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Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center,, for Wednesday, March 16, 2016.

Israeli troops kidnap civilians during West Bank invasions and target farmers in Gaza. These stories, and more, coming up, stay tuned.

Israeli soldiers kidnapped, on Wednesday at dawn, at least nine Palestinians in different invasions targeting Palestinian communities, in different parts of the occupied West Bank. The Popular Committee in Hebron, in the southern part of the West Bank, said the soldiers invaded Beit Ummar town north of Hebron, searched many homes and kidnapped two Palestinians.

The soldiers also invaded the Sawahra ash-Sharqiyya town, east of occupied Jerusalem, and kidnapped three Palestinians, allegedly for manufactory weapons in a homemade workshop. Israeli military sources said the soldiers confiscated a rifle, a pistol and a large sum of bullets.

The soldiers also kidnapped a Palestinian child, 15 years of age, from the Shu’fat refugee camp, northeast of Jerusalem, after he jumped over a wall to avoid crossing through a military roadblock, on the main entrance of the camp. According to the Israeli army, the soldiers searched the child and located a knife in a bag he carried.

In the northern West Bank district of Nablus, the soldiers stormed and searched many homes, and kidnapped three Palestinians, including a lawyer and a former political prisoner. Another man was kidnapped near Nablus as he was crossing an Israeli military checkpoint.

Later on Wednesday morning, Israeli soldiers invaded, Wednesday, the ash-Shurfa area, between al-Khader and Batteer towns, west of Bethlehem, and demolished a Palestinian home. The Isralei army claimed that the home was built without obtaining a permit, from the Civil Administration Office, that run’s Israeli occupation of the West Bank.

The demolished property was a 200 square/meter two-story building that was completely constructed and furnished. Moreover, army also demolished and agricultural structure, in Wad Rahhal village, southwest of Bethlehem on Wednesday.

In the Gaza Strip, Israeli soldiers stationed at borders of central costal enclave, opened fire at Palestinian sheepherders. The shepherds escaped along with their sheep unharmed, local Palestinian sources reported.

And that’s all for today from the IMEMC News; this was the Wednesday, March 16, 2016, news round-up from the Occupied Palestinian Territories. From more news and updates, please visit our website at Today’s report has been brought to you by George Rishmawi and me Ghassan Bannoura.