Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center, www.imemc.org, for Monday, August, 15, 2016.
Israeli troops destroy a Palestinian home in the west Bank and Navy ships attack fishermen in Gaza. These stories, and more, coming up, stay tuned.
Several Israeli military vehicles invaded, on Monday at dawn, Bani Neim town, east of the southern West Bank city of Hebron, and detonated a two-story home belonging to the family of a Palestinian who was killed two months ago.
Eyewitnesses said that more than 30 military jeeps and vehicles, including an army bulldozer, invaded the town, after completely surrounding it.
They added that the soldiers then invaded the family home and forced them out, without allowing them to remove their furniture and belongings.
Soldiers of the Army Corps of Engineers then wired the building and detonated it, completely destroying it and causing damage to nearby homes. The army first detained all residents of surrounding homes in one building, and released them after detonating the Tarayra home.
The invasion led to clashes between the soldiers and dozens of local youths who hurled stones and empty bottles at the invading vehicles, while the army fired concussion grenades and gas bombs; many residents suffered the effects of teargas inhalation.
In Jerusalem, at least 18 Palestinians were injured on Sunday when a group of 250 armed Israeli settlers, accompanied by dozens of Israeli soldiers, invaded the al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, the third holiest site in the world for Muslims.
The Israeli settlers, mainly religious Jews, invaded the mosque as part of their celebration of the Jewish holiday of Tisha B’av. Palestinian Muslim worshipers who were present at the time of the invasion attempted to stop the invasion, and were attacked by soldiers and settlers.
In the Gaza strip, Israeli navy ships attacked, on Monday evening, a number of Palestinian fishing boats, in Palestinian territorial water in Beit Lahia, in the northern part of the Gaza Strip, and kidnapped five fishers.
Eyewitnesses said the navy fired many live rounds at the boats and kidnapped five fishermen. The five were all fishing in the same boat; the navy also confiscated their boat and took it to Ashdod Port.
And that’s all for today from the IMEMC News; this was the Monday, August, 15, 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.