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Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Centre, www.imemc.org, for Wednesday, February 24th, 2010.
Israeli Troops injure a farmer in the West Bank while Israeli tanks attack a number of location. In the Gaza Strip. These stories, and more, coming up. Stay tuned.
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A Palestinian farmer from the village of Kufer Dan, northern West Bank, was injured on Wednesday by Israeli troops who later detained him. Ibrahim âAabed, aged 34, along with other villagers tried to stop military bulldozers from destroying a water well in his land. Troops opened fire at the group of villagers injuring âAabed in the abdomen.
A Palestinian medical crew rushed to the scene and evacuated âAabed; troops stopped the ambulance at the entrance of the village and took the wounded farmer away.
Earlier on Wednesday, Israeli troops detained 14 Palestinian civilians during pre dawn invasions targeting a number of West Bank communities. Clashes between the invading troops and local youth reported at the city of Bethlehem, soldiers detained six men from the city, local sources reported.
In other news, The Israeli municipality handed out, on Wednesday, a new wave of demolition orders to Palestinian home owners near Jerusalemâs old city. All the homes that were targeted today are located at the Silwan neighborhood, a Palestinian detonated neighborhood of east Jerusalem.
The municipality says those homes lack the needed building permission. Home owners said that some of the homes are built before the creation of Israel. Silwan is located near Al Bustan neighborhood where Israel is planning to demolish to make way for new settlements and parks near Jerusalemâs old city.
Since Israel occupied the city of Jerusalem in 1967 it has rarely given Palestinian residents permissions to built homes or renovates new ones. In the meantime the Israeli government continue to build settlements in and around the city for Jewish settlers; a move that is illegal by international law.
Elsewhere Israeli tanks and bulldozers invaded on Wednesday afternoon farmlands located near Khan Younis town in the southern part of the Gaza Strip. Witnesses said that tanks invaded the area and opened fire at nearby homes as bulldozers uprooted olive and fruit trees in the area that belong to local farmers. No injuries were reported.
This is the second attack the Israeli army carried out on Wednesday in the Gaza Strip. Earlier in the morning, Israeli soldiers opened fire at Palestinian workers near Beit Lahia, northern Gaza Strip; no injuries were reported. Furthermore, the Israeli Navy opened fire at fishermen in Beit Lahia; media sources reported damage to property yet no injuries.
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