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Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center,, for Thursday, December, 15, 2016.

Israeli troops kidnap two-dozen civilians during invasions targeting West Bank communities, meanwhile soldiers open fire at farmers in Gaza. These stories, and more, coming up, stay tuned.

Israeli soldiers invaded, overnight and during early dawn hours Thursday, dozens of homes in different parts of occupied East Jerusalem, and violently searched them, before abducting 24 Palestinians, including one woman and nine children.

The Wadi Hilweh Information Center in Silwan (Silwanic), in Jerusalem, said most of the abductions and home invasions were forced in Silwan, al-‘Isawiyya, at-Tour and the Old City, and added that the searches caused excessive damage.

Meanwhile, The Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) has reported that Israeli soldiers have kidnapped, on Thursday at dawn, the former mayor of Ethna town, west of Hebron, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank.

Also at dawn, the soldiers invaded many homes in Jenin city, and Jenin refugee camp, in the northern part of the occupied West Bank, abducted two Palestinians, briefly detained and interrogated two others.

In other news, five Israeli soldiers were injured on Thursday during clashes at the Shofat refugee camp in Jerusalem.

According to Israeli sources the soldiers were invading the camp when local youth hurled stones at them, later clashes erupted leading to five soldiers being slightly wounds.

In the Gaza Strip, Israeli forces opened fire at farmlands east of Khan Yunis in the southern part of the coastal region. The farmers were forced out of their lands fearing from additional army attacks, local sources reported.

And that’s all for today from the IMEMC News; this was the Thursday, December, 15, 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.