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Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center, www.imemc.org, for Tuesday, May 17, 2016.

Israeli troops demolish two Palestinian homes in Jerusalem in the meantime Israel’s nay attack Gaza fishers. These stories, and more, coming up, stay tuned.

Israeli soldiers demolished, on Tuesday at dawn, two Palestinian homes in the Suwwana neighborhood, east of the city walls of occupied East Jerusalem, rendering 23 Palestinians homeless.

The Wadi Hilweh Information Center in Silwan (Silwanic) has reported that the city council claimed the homes were built without permits, and that they are located on lands designated by the state as “National Gardens.”

Staying in Jerusalem, Israeli soldiers have kidnapped, on Tuesday at dawn, four Palestinians from their homes in the al-‘Eesawiyya town, in occupied Jerusalem. Lawyer Mohammad Mahmoud said the soldiers invaded and searched several homes, then kidnapped the four youth and took them to unknown location.

Moreover, Israeli soldiers kidnapped, on Tuesday at dawn, legislator Abdul-Jaber Foqaha, after assaulting him in his own home, in the central West Bank district of Ramallah. Local sources said that the soldiers frequently beat the legislator while abducting him, and took him to an interrogation center near Ramallah.

In other news, The Palestinian Detainees’ Committee has reported, Tuesday, that the Israeli Prison Authority moved detainee Fuad Aassi, 30, to the Soroka Hospital, due to a serious health complication as he continues his strike for the 45th consecutive day. He is protesting of administrative detention used Israel to keep Palestinian without charges for long times.

Elsewhere, Israeli navy ships attacked, on Tuesday morning, several Palestinian fishing boats, kidnapped two fishers, and confiscated their boat, before towing it to the Ashdod Port. There are approximately 3500 fishers in the Gaza Strip; they own around 700 boats, and provide income to more than 70.000 Palestinians.

The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) issued a statistical report, just a few days ago, documenting 47 Israeli attacks against the Palestinian fishers since the beginning of this year. The attacks included 24 incidents of live navy fire against the fishers, leading to the injury of five of them, and the abduction of 35 others, in addition to the confiscation of nine boats.

And that’s all for today from the IMEMC News; this was the Tuesday, May 17, 2016, news round-up from the Occupied Palestinian Territories. From 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.

 

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