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Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Centre  for Wednesday September 6th, 2006

A total of seven Palestinians were killed by Israeli forces in the Gaza Strip in less than 24hours, while army continued to attack civilians and took several residents prisoners in the West Bank, these stories and more coming up stay tuned.

The Gaza Update

Israeli soldiers shot and killed two Palestinians in two separate attacks; one of the casualties is a 16-year old boy.  A total of seven Palestinians were killed by Israeli attacks in the Gaza Strip in less than 24hours. A medical source in Khan Younis, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip, reported that Majed Jalal Qdeih, 16, was shot and killed in Khaza'a town, near Khan Younis. Three residents were injured.

An Israeli army source claimed that Qdeih was attempting to plant an explosive charge when troops fired at him. Eyewitnesses reported that Qdeih was killed by soldiers who topped a house in the area; seven residents were injured, one seriously.

Moreover, an Israeli military source reported that the Israeli Air Force fired a missile at a resistance fighter in southern Khan Younis killing one civilian and injuring at least four others.

Army claimed that the civilian was standing near a fighter who came close to the “security fence” separating the Gaza Strip from Israel. He remained unidentified until the time of this report.

Earlier on Wednesday, one resident was killed in Khaza'a town, and three others were injured after the army invaded it, medical sources reported. The resident was identified as Mohammad Abu Reeda, 24. The three injured residents are members of the same family and not fighters. Four Palestinians were killed on Tuesday at night in two separate Israeli air strikes in Rafah, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip.

The four were identified as Ahmad Ashour, 30, 'A'ed Abdul-Qader Al Basheety, 33, Ali Khamis Al Nashar, 20, and Ahmad Al Arqan, 34.


The West Bank Update

Israeli soldiers stopped on Wednesday a number of school teachers and barred them from arriving to their school where they teach in the village of Ras-Tira near the West Bank city of Jenin.  Troops stationed at the gate of the Annexation Wall, which separates the village from the city, barred the teachers from passing throw it despite that they carry permits to cross into the village. several villagers said that the army does not allow anyone who does not live their to go into the village without obtaining a permit from the military office.

Khaled Ashour, 19, was injured during an Israeli army invasion to the village of Al Yamoun, near the city of Jenin on Wednesday morning. Ashour sustained an injury in his abdomen when he was hit by fragments of live rounds fired by the Israeli soldiers, he was moved to a nearby hospital in Jenin. Troops searched and ransacked scores of residents' houses allegedly searching for wanted people.

On Wednesday morning, troops stormed the village of Beit Kahil near Hebron city, and took one residents as prisoner after searching and ransacking his house and several other houses in the village, he was released from Israeli jails two months ago after serving a one-year sentence.

Israeli soldiers and police detectives arrested three Palestinians in Hebron area earlier on Wednesday morning. According to the Israeli police, the three carried shooting attacks against settlers' vehicles in the area.  The police claimed that guns and matching ammunition were found in their possession.
A group of Israeli settlers of the illegal settlement of Kiryat Arba east of Hebron started on Wednesday to construct a new road to connect the settlement with the Ibrahimi mosque (Tomb of Patriarchs) in the city.

The settlers, protected by the Israeli soldiers, using bulldozers started to bulldoze lands and uprooted olive trees that belong to local residents in preparation to open the road that settlers call the worshipers road.

Local sources said that the residents along with the Local Committee Against the Wall went to the Israeli high court of justice; the court decided not to bulldoze the land for the construction of the new road.

Also in Hebron today Israeli army troops attacked the house of Sheikh Tayseer Tamimi, Chief Islamic Justice in Palestine.

Meanwhile in Nablus city, the Israeli army invaded the city and the nearby Balata refugee camp on Wednesday morning and took one resident prisoner. 

An Israeli army source reported on Wednesday that Palestinians detonated a roadside bomb at a military force near Awarta checkpoint, south of Nablus in the northern part of the West Bank, Army reported no injuries.

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