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Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center,, for Thursday, October, 05, 2017.

Troops close roads cutting Palestinian farmers from lands and detain civilians. These stories, and more, coming up, stay tuned.

Ahead of the olive picking season in Palestine, Israeli soldiers closed, Thursday, a main rural road leading to orchards and farmlands, in Husan town, west of the occupied West Bank city of Bethlehem, and refused to allow the farmers into their own lands.

This closure isolated 500 Dunams of agricultural lands, just as the Palestinians prepare to harvest their olive orchards, the main source of livelihood for thousands of farmers.

The isolated lands are close to Beitar illegal Israeli colony, which was built on privately-owned Palestinian lands, an issue that raises serious concern regarding Israel’s intentions, as such measures largely lead to the illegal annexation of the lands.

The Israeli army usually isolates large areas of lands, prevents the owners from entering them to plant or harvest them, and then decides to “confiscate” them under the pretext of not being planted, or being “abandoned.”

In other news, Israeli soldiers invaded, on Thursday evening, Nabi Saleh village, north of the central West Bank city of Ramallah, stopped a bus filled with Palestinians heading to a wedding hall, and abducted six young men.

The soldiers stopped the bus, and many Palestinian cars, at the military roadblock on the main entrance of the village, and searched them. The soldiers also examined the ID cards of dozens of young men, and abducted six, before taking them to an unknown destination.

In a recent report, The Palestinian Center for Detainees’ Studies has reported that Israeli soldiers have abducted more than 400 Palestinians, including 55 children and eight women, in September.

And that’s all for today from the IMEMC News; this was the Thursday, October, 05, 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.