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Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center, www.imemc.org, for Thursday October 25th, 2012.
Palestinian man dies of wounds sustained earlier due Israeli bombardment on Gaza as a truce between Israeliâs military and Palestinian groups takes effect. These stories, and more, coming up, stay tuned.
A Palestinian man from Rafah, southern Gaza Strip, was announced dead today. Ahmad Hazrallah, 22, died due to wounds he sustained on Wednesday by Israeli aerial bombardment of Rafah.
On Wednesday four men were killed and five others injured when Israeli fighter jets targeted southern and northern Gaza Strip. Death toll in Gaza since Monday now reached seven.
The Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza reported on Thursday that thirteen Palestinians have been killed by the Israeli army since the beginning of the month, and more than 33 were injured.
Meanwhile media sources reported on Thursday that a truce agreement, mediated by Egypt, was reached between Israel and the Hamas movement in the Gaza Strip.
The paper said that the truce came into effect starting Wednesday night at midnight. A Palestinian official confirmed that Egypt is mediating to avoid further tension in the region, Palestinian sources reported.
The official added that Cairo received a verbal commitment from Hamas to maintain a truce with Israel. For its part Israeli military official stated that ceasefire is a decision that is made by the political leadership in Tel Aviv, and added that the army is always ready for any escalation.
Chief Palestinian Negotiator, head of the Negotiations Department at the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO), Dr. Saeb Erekat, stated that Israel is responsible for the latest escalation against the Gaza Strip due to its ongoing illegal measures.
Dr. Erekat said that Israel is still occupying the Gaza Strip by its ongoing siege and embargoes, therefore, it should be held accountable for any harm to the Palestinian people.
And thatâs all for today from the IMEMC News; this was the Thursday October 25th news round-up from the Occupied Palestinian Territories. For more news and updates please visit our website at www.imemc.org. Todayâs report has been brought to you by Hussam Qassis and me, Ghassan Bannoura.