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Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center,, for Thursday, June 23, 2016.

Israeli troops attack and injure two Palestinian workers in addition to kidnaping civilians during homes searches in the West Bank. These stories, and more, coming up, stay tuned.

Palestinian medical sources have reported that two workers were injured, on Thursday morning, after Israeli soldiers assaulted them, near Bethlehem, while trying to enter occupied Jerusalem for work. The sources said that the two workers are from the al-’Obeydiyya town, east of Bethlehem, and have been identified as Mohammad Jamil Radayda, 22, Jihad Jamal Radayda, 21.

The soldiers chased and assaulted them in Wadi Abu al-Hummus area, near the al-Khass village, east of Bethlehem. The army claimed that the two workers were trying to enter Jerusalem without a permit.

The two were repeatedly hit and kicked by the soldiers, and suffered various fractures, cuts and bruises to different parts of their bodies, and were transferred to Beit Jala governmental hospital, suffered moderate injuries.  It is worth mentioning that Wadi Abu al-Hummus area became a site of repeated Israeli military assaults against dozens of workers, including some who were recently shot and injured.

In other news, The Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) managed, Thursday, to obtain an acquittal for an imprisoned Palestinian child, who was kidnapped by the army 45 days ago, as he was returning home from school.

PPS lawyer Elia Theodory said the acquitted child, Abdullah Qassem, 15, from the central West Bank district of Ramallah, was kidnapped on May 12th, while heading back home from school. He added that the Israeli military prosecutor based its allegations on testimonies of soldiers who abducted the child, after claiming he hurled stones on their military jeep, but were inconsistent in their statements.

The court decided to keep the child imprisoned for two more days, to give the military prosecutor time to determine whether to file an appeal.

In relater news, The Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) has reported that Israeli soldiers have kidnapped, earlier on Thursday, at least ten Palestinians, in different parts of the occupied West Bank, including occupied Jerusalem.

And that’s all for today from the IMEMC News; this was the Thursday, June 23, 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.