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Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center,, for Wednesday, January, 04, 2017.

Israeli navy attack Gaza fishermen, meanwhile in the West Bank Israeli troops invade homes and kidnap more than 40 civilians. These stories, and more, coming up, stay tuned.

At least 40 Palestinian civilians were kidnapped on Wednesday during Israeli army invasions and home searches targeting Wets Bank communities. Among those were children and at least three women, local Palestinian sources reported.

Israeli home searches and kidnappings were reported in the northern West Bank city of Jenin, Nablus, and Tulkarem in addition to Hebron and Bethlehem in southern West Bank.

Kidnappings were also reported in Ramallah and East Jerusalem areas, local media sources reported.

In other news, Israeli authorities, on Wednesday morning, knocked down water wells in Teqou’ village, east of Bethlehem.

Mayor of the town, Tayseer Abu Mufreh, said Israeli occupation vehicles demolished ten water wells used by Palestinian farmers, under the pretext of unlicensed construction.

At the same time Israeli forces prevented the land owners from reaching the demolition scene. Teqou’ Mayor dubbed the demolition illegal and groundless, as no court rule has been issued regarding the affair.

Moreover, Israeli soldiers opened fire at the car of the Palestinian undersecretary of the Health Ministry, while he was traveling from Ramallah to Bethlehem, in the occupied West Bank. The car was driving near the ar-Ram town, in Ramallah, when the soldiers fired several live rounds at it, causing heavy damage to its windshield.

Palestinian Health Minister, Dr. Jawad Awwad, strongly condemned the serious Israeli violation, and said this attack is part of ongoing abuses, violation and escalating aggression against the Palestinian people, their officials, in addition to their homes, lands and holy sites.

In the Gaza Strip, Israeli navy opened fire at Palestinian fishermen to the north of Gaza city on Wednesday, Palestinian sources reported.

The fishermen were sailing only three nautical miles off shore when they were attacked by Israeli navy ships. The fishermen were forced back to shore fearing for their lives. No injuries were reported.

And that’s all for today from the IMEMC News; this was the Wednesday, January, 04, 2017, 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.