Listen to the audio from the MP3 Player on the right column. || Click here to Download MP3 file 4.7 MBThe daily news cast, a service of the International Middle East Media Center, http://www.IMEMC.org, for Monday, April 17, 2006.

Six Israelis killed in Tel Aviv blast. Massive Israeli incursion into Nablus intensifies with 15 residents injured. Army arrest resident from Al Aza refugee camp in Bethlehem and tanks resume shelling the north and eastern areas of the Gaza strip. These stories and more, coming up Stay tuned.

Six Israelis killed in Tel Aviv blast

Six Israelis were killed, Monday afternoon, and at least 40 were injured, nine seriously, in a suicide bombing carried out midday Monday , at Shawarma bus stand in the old central station of Tel Aviv.

Israeli sources reported that the explosion took place in a Shawarma stand in the Neveh Sha’anan neighborhood at old central bus station in southern Tel Aviv where a previous a suicide bombing, was carried out in January, when the bomber was killed, and 32 people were injured.

Israeli police forces and Magen David Adom rescue teams were dispatched to the area.

According to initial estimations, the suicide bomber carried out the attack after entering the Shawarma stand and detonating himself.

After the blast, the Israeli police began chasing a blue Mitsubishi vehicle, carrying three passengers, seen fleeing the area of the bombing.

Massive Israeli military incursion of Nablus continues with 15 residents injured

The Israeli army invaded Nablus Monday afternoon, in a huge operation continuing the invasion begun early morning. The assault on the Palestinian civilian population of Nablus intensified further following a suicide attack that killed six people in Tel Aviv old central bus station.

More than 100 Israeli soldiers moved into the central area of the city, and began carrying out arrests. Clashes erupted between locals and the soldiers who took sniper positions in occupied homes, local sources reported.

Medical sources reported that an 18 year old resident was critically wounded after being shot in the neck and another youth, Bassem Al Borini, was shot in the leg.

Monday morning the army arrested four Palestinian youths from the city who were identified as; Al’a Al sarkajee, 20, Mazen Al Minawi, 20, and Monther Al Aqad, 17, and one unknown youth — all were taken to unknown destinations.

Army invades Al Zababda village east of Jenin

The Israeli armed forces invaded Al Zababda village east of the West Bank city of Jenin, Monday morning.

Army vehicles and troops entered the village searched several homes and installed a military checkpoint at the village entrance, no arrests were made, local sources reported.

Army arrest resident from Al Aza refugee camp in Bethlehem

The Israeli armed forces invaded Al Aza refugee camp in the West Bank city of Bethlehem and arrested Ra’fat Al Najar, 21, Monday morning.

Soldiers stormed Al Najar’s home searched and arrested him then took him to an unknown location, eyewitnesses reported.

Al Najar is a Palestinian authority police officer working in the city of Bethlehem, local sources reported.

The Israeli Army invades Fahma and Kofer Ra’ee village south west of Jenin

The Israeli army invaded Fahma and Kofer Ra’ee village south west of the West Bank city of Jenin, late Sunday night.

Several army vehicles stormed the two villages and ransacked homes. They also stopped civilian cars and searching and detaining the passengers for several hours before letting them go, no arrests were made, local sources reported.

Israeli forces attacked Anata secondary school in east Jerusalem Monday afternoon

Israeli Forces stormed Anata school in the north of occupied Jerusalem, reported the schools’ headmaster.

The headmaster, Yousef Elian, told Palestinian news agency WAFA News that Israeli soldiers hurled stun grenades and gas canisters at Annata schoolboys in an attempt to force them leave their classes, he added that the Israeli Forces intended to arrest ten of them.

The school has been under increasing attacks over the past several months, because the Israeli Annexation Wall has been constructed through the middle of the schoolyard.

Israeli tanks resumed shelling the north and eastern areas of the Gaza strip

Israeli army tanks stationed at the Gaza borders resumed shelling to the north and eastern areas of the strip, on Monday.

The shelling targeted residential areas in Biet Lahia and Biet Hanon villages, there was no damage to buildings but several injures due to shock were reported, local sources said.

And that’s just some of the news for today in Occupied Palestine. For constant updates, check out the International Middle East Media Center website, http://www.IMEMC.org. As always, thanks for joining us. From Occupied Bethlehem, this is Penny Quinton.

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