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Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center,, for Thursday, September, 21, 2017.

Troops invade West Bank communities and kidnap civilians. These stories, and more, coming up, stay tuned.

Israeli soldiers abducted, on Thursday evening, five young Palestinian men, when many army jeeps invaded Jayyous town, east of the northern West Bank city of Qalqilia, before the soldiers broke into and searched many homes.

The soldiers conducted searches of homes and neighborhoods in the town, before abducting Ezz Bader Shamasna, Fahed Saqer Shamasna, Amjad Salim, Amir Nofal an Ali Khreishe.

The soldiers handcuffed and blindfolded the five Palestinians, and took them to an unknown destination.

During the week, Israeli forces conducted at least 72 military invasions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank, and in Jerusalem. During these invasions troops detained more than 48 Palestinian civilians, including 8 children, the Palestinian center for Human Rights reported Thursday.

The Council of Catholic Churches in Jerusalem, on Thursday, condemned the attack against St. Stephen’s Church Wednesday night, which resulted in the destruction of internal property.

The council said, in a press release, that it demands “the State of Israel, with all its institutions concerned, punish who were responsible for such acts because it could easily lead to serious and unpredictable consequences, which would be most unwelcome in the current tense religious climate.”

Wednesday night, unidentified assailants attacked the Church of St. Stephen, which is part of the complex of Beit Jimal, a Catholic monastery run by Salesian monks in Israel.

And that’s all for today from the IMEMC News; this was the Wednesday, September, 20, 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.