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The Israeli military kidnaps nine civilians from the West Bank and attacks fishermen in Gaza . These stories and more, coming up, stay tuned.
The News Cast
Nine Palestinian civilians were kidnapped by Israeli troops on Monday during military invasions targeting a number of West Bank communities.
Local sources reported invasions and house-to-house searches in the northern West Bank as well as in southern parts of the West Bank.
The Israeli military radio announced that all kidnapped are men and they have been moved to military detention camps for questioning
Elsewhere Israeli navy boats opened fire on Monday midday at Palestinian fishing boats off the shores of the town of Beit Lahyia in the northern Gaza Strip.
The fishermen reported that the Israeli boats opened fire at them while they were fishing in the Palestinian territorial waters and gave them no warning. Damage to the fishing boats was reported but no injuries.
The Israeli military attacks Gaza fishermen frequently. This year alone three fishermen were killed by such attacks.
In related news, Palestinian leftist groups announced that its fighters targeted on Monday Israeli soldiers at a different location in the Gaza Strip
The Abu Ali Brigades the armed wing of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine said that its fighters opened fire at Israeli soldiers near Jabaliya town in the northern Gaza Strip. The group said that one soldier was injured in the attack.
The second attack according to the group took place near Beit Hanon town also in the northern Gaza strip. The Israeli military did not comment on the group’s announcement
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