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Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center,, for Monday, May, 08, 2017.

Troops kill a Palestinian teenager in the West Bank and injuries a fisherman in Gaza. These stories, and more, coming up, stay tuned.

On Sunday afternoon, Israeli police shot and killed near the Damascus gate in Jerusalem a 16-year old Fatima Hajiji, from the central West Bank village of Qarawat Bani Zeid. Although the Israeli police spokesperson claimed that the teen attempted to stab a security officer, that account has been disputed.

Eyewitnesses said Fatima was standing near the entrance of Bab al-‘Amoud (Damascus Gate), and was at least ten meters away from the near soldier or officer, and that one of the soldiers started shouting “knife, knife,” before five soldiers fired a barrage of bullets at the child.

In addition, the soldiers assaulted many Palestinians, including children, in Sultan Suleiman Street, causing a child, identified as Mahmoud Abu Sbeih, 9, to fall from a high altitude after mounted officer chased him and many other Palestinians.

Seven children and 13 adult Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces since the beginning of 2017. Although Israeli officials claim that most of these cases involved Palestinians attempting to attack Israelis, there have been multiple occasions, documented on camera, in which Israeli soldiers planted knives on or near the bodies of Palestinians they had killed.

In other news, Israeli soldiers invaded, Monday, Nabi Saleh village, northwest of Ramallah in central West Bank, and clashed with local youngsters, wounding one with a rubber-coated steel bullet. The soldiers also broke into and ransacked homes.

Elsewhere, Israeli soldiers abducted, overnight until early morning hours Monday, at least five Palestinians during massive invasions and violent searches of homes in the Old City of occupied East Jerusalem. Also on Monday at dawn Israeli soldiers abducted four young Palestinian men in Far’un village, south of Tulkarem, in the northern part of the occupied West Bank.

Moreover, Israeli soldiers invaded, on Monday at dawn, Hebron city, and several nearby communities, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank, searched many homes and abducted five Palestinians.

In the meantime, Israeli soldiers abducted, on Monday at dawn, a young man in Qalqilia city, in the northern part of the occupied West Bank, in addition to a child and two siblings from Teqoua’ town, east of Bethlehem, southern West Bank.

In Gaza, Israeli navy ships attacked, on Monday evening, several Palestinian fishing boats in Gaza territorial waters, in Beit Lahia, in the northern part of the besieged Gaza Strip, wounding a fisherman. Medical sources said the fisherman, identified as Mohammad Abu Ryala, suffered moderate wounds, and was moved to the Indonesian hospital, in northern Gaza. The attack pushed the fishermen back to shore in fear additional Israeli escalation against them, and their boats.

And that’s all for today from the IMEMC News; this was the Monday, May, 08, 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.