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Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Centre www.imemc.org for Thursday September 7th, 2006
The Israeli army continues to shell and attack residents' houses in Khan Younis south of the Gaza strip while in the West Bank teachers have continued with their strike and claim that no agreement has been reached, those stories and more coming up, so stay tuned.
The Gaza update
Israeli tanks stationed at the eastern border between the Gaza strip and Israel shelled Palestinian homes located in the Al Fokharia area in Khan-Younis, in the southern part of the Gaza strip, on Thursday morning.
The shells caused damage homes and infrastructure. Local sources reported a number of cases of shock, particularly among children, but no other injuries were reported.
Thursday morning, Israeli troops invaded the Khaza area, east of Khan Younis, and attacked homes belonging to Palestinian families. Eyewitnesses stated that troops, backed with tanks and bulldozers, stormed the area, then conducted a wide-scale search campaign and ransacked resident's houses.
De'a Qadaih, a resident from the area, said that Israeli troops searched and ransacked his family's house for the second time since yesterday. He also said they attacked and hit his family while searching the house; he added that troops came yesterday to his home and searched it, and took his father away without giving a reason.
Local sources also reported on Thursday, that army bulldozers uprooted more than 80 olive trees and destroyed the water pipe line and electricity network in the Khaza area leaving more than 50 families without water and electricity.
The West Bank Update
Riziq Al Barghouthi, member of the General Committee for the Teachers Union in the West Bank, told the IMEMC that teachers are going on with their strike and as no agreement has been reached, adding that government talks were an attempt to bypass the decision of the teachers union. The strike continued today in a number of sectors, despite an announcement by the Palestinian government that an agreement had been reached to end the five teachers strike.
Meanwhile in the West Bank city of Nablus, Sanaa' Qandeel, 24, from Asker refugee in the city was taken as prisoner by the Israeli army earlier on Thursday. Troops and army vehicles stormed the camp, then searched and ransacked Qandeel's family house before taking their daughter to an unknown destination, eyewitnesses reported.
Thursday at dawn Israeli army also invaded the village of Tamon, east of the West Bank city of Tubas and attacked several residents' houses.
Army vehicles and one bulldozer raided the village, soldiers forcing the families out while searching and ransacking their homes.
Eyewitnesses said that soldiers told them that they were looking for 'wanted' people. The residents added that troops fired live rounds and sound bombs inside their homes before searching them, which caused significant damage. No injuries were reported. The soldiers took two prisoners, and then left the village after having been there for several hours.
In addition to this late on Wednesday at night, an Israeli army force invaded the village of Tiqua, south east of the West Bank city of Bethlehem. Local residents reported that several army jeeps and troops invaded the village which is located near an illegal Israeli settlement. They then searched and ransacked several houses then left the village in the morning, no arrests were made.
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