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Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center,, for Wednesday, May, 10, 2017.

Troops invade West Bank communities and detain civilians and settlers destroy farm lands. These stories, and more, coming up, stay tuned.

Israeli soldiers abducted, on Wednesday at dawn, twelve Palestinians from various parts of the occupied West Bank, including three students of Birzeit University.

The abductions took place just hours before the Student Senate elections in Birzeit University, scheduled for Wednesday.

In the meantime, more than 1700 political detainees, held by Israel, continued their open-ended hunger strike for the 24th consecutive day, in several Israeli prisons, while Israeli continues to refuse their legitimate demands.the hunger strike stared on April 17, 2017.

The Palestinian Political Prisoners’ Society and the Detainees’ Committee have reported that some of the striking detainees started refraining from drinking water for several hours at a time, due to the increasing difficulties they face just by trying to walk to the toilets, including when trying to refill their water bottles.

The Israeli Prison Authority has also started transferring many striking detainees from solitary confinement in Ramla prison to a field clinic that lacks basic supplies and medical professionals.

It also prevented, again, one of the lawyers of the Palestinian Detainees’ Committee from visiting detained leader Marwan Barghouthi, who is in solitary confinement at the al-Jalama military prison.

In other news, Israeli settlers set fire to Palestinian farm lands on Wednesday owned by Palestinian farmers from the village of Burien near the northern West Bank city of Nablus.

According to local sources the settlers came from the nearby illegal Israeli colony of Bracha. The fire damaged large areas of farmlands and olive orchards.  Before leaving the settlers also attacked a house with rocks causing damage.

And that’s all for today from the IMEMC News; this was the Wednesday, May, 10, 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.