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Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center,, for Thursday, August, 25, 2016.

Israeli troops uproot olive trees in the West Bank, meanwhile navy ships attack fishing boats in Gaza and kidnap one fisherman. These stories, and more, coming up, stay tuned.

Israeli forces, on Thursday morning, cut down dozens of olive trees in the village of Huwwara, near the northern West Bank city of Nablus.

Local sources reported, that the soldiers destroyed olive trees planted on both sides of the main street, under the pretext of “use as a cover” for Palestinians who throw stones at settlers’ vehicles passing on the street.

Olive trees, regularly uprooted or cut down by Israeli soldiers and illegal settlers, are greatly valued by Palestinians and considered as a source of livelihood for many of them.

Moreover, Israeli soldiers invaded, overnight and on Thursday at dawn, several districts in different parts of the occupied West Bank, broke into and searched many homes, and kidnapped at least twelve Palestinians.

Invasions and kidnappings were reported in Jerusalem city, Ramallah district, in addition to Hebron and Bethlehem cities and nearby towns.

In Gaza, Israeli navy ships opened fire, on Thursday at dawn, on a number of Palestinian fishing boats in Palestinian territorial waters, in the northern part of the coastal region, and kidnapped one fisherman.

The Palestinian Fishers Syndicate said one fisher, identified as Abdul-Aziz Sa’dallah, was kidnapped from his boat in Beit Lahia Sea, in the northern part of the Gaza Strip.

The fisher was in his boat less than one nautical mile from the shore; his boats was partially damaged by the navy fire.

According local news sources the navy also attempted to kidnap another fisher, who was on the same boat, but armed resistance fighters opened fire at the navy ships, forcing them away from the shore, and preventing them from confiscating the boat.

And that’s all for today from the IMEMC News; this was the Thursday, August, 25, 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.