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Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Centre  for Monday September 11th, 2006

A Child was killed by army shelling in Rafah today while his brother was declared clinically dead. Two Palestinians were also killed by Israeli Special Forces near Jenin. These stories and more coming up so stay tuned.

The Gaza update    
Palestinian medical sources reported on Sunday evening, that a Palestinian child was killed and his brother rendered clinically dead, after the Israeli army shelled an area near the Gaza International Airport, east of Rafah city, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip. The child was identified as Jihad Abu Sneina, 14, and his brother Nayef of 20 years.

In a separate incident, Israeli troops, armored vehicles and military bulldozers were seen lining-up, near Kissufim area, east of Al Qarara town, east of Khan Younis in the southern part of the Gaza Strip, apparently preparing for a ground offensive.

Meanwhile Omer Al Dogha, 20, was injured by Israeli army fire east of Khan Younis, south of the Gaza Strip on Monday. Al Dogha sustained wounds in his foot after troops shoot him with live rounds during and invasion in the area on Monday, medical sources reported.

The West Bank

On Monday two young men on their way to work came under attack by Israeli Special Forces, who shot multiple rounds into the taxi in which they were traveling.  Both men were killed, and the taxi driver was wounded.

The driver, 36 year old Qadry Frasini, reported to the Palestine News Network that he was driving the two young men to work when he pulled up behind a large truck carrying fruits and vegetables when his car suddenly came under attack. The driver mentioned that nearby pedestrians managed to hide however, it soon became clear to that his two passengers had been hit. Medical sources announced that the two killed in the attack were Anees Tawfiq Amor and Ahmed Muhammad As’ad. The driver managed to escape with only a wounded foot. Palestinian security forces are investigating the incident and are holding Israeli forces responsible for the deaths.

Local sources reported that neither of the two men was known to be members of any resistance groups.  Israeli Special Forces are generally used by the Israeli army for extra-judicial assassinations of suspected militants however; civilians often end up being victims.  Extra-judicial assassinations are illegal under international law, and Israel has been widely condemned for its continued use of this method.

Also on Monday the Israeli army took three prisoners from Al Ein refugee camp in the West Bank city of Nablus. According to Palestinian security sources, troops stormed the city and the refugee camp and searched and ransacked several houses before taking Amed Al Sa'eh, 27, Hassan Tiem, 21, and Qalwan Ma'roof, 20, to unknown locations. Eyewitnesses reported that soldiers fired live rounds and sound bombs at residents houses during the invasion.
Israeli forces invaded the West Bank city of Tulkarem and its refugee camp on Monday morning and took three prisoners. The three were known as; Talal Al Jetawi, 50, Mohammad Al Hamshiri, 24, and Samer Abu Jamus, 24. All were taken to unknown locations after the army conducted a search campaign in the city and the refugee camp

Meanwhile Israeli troops invaded the village of Halol north of the West Bank city of Hebron on Monday and took four prisoners. The four were known as; Eihab Al Baba, 19, Tarik Al Baba, 19, Khalil Jaoabra, 19, and Jihad Abu Yousif, 18.

Troops invaded the village from several directions, surrounded and searched several residents' houses before taking the four to unknown locations, eyewitnesses reported, adding that the soldiers ransacked some of the families belongings during the search.

Israeli soldiers opened fire at school students in Dar Salah village east of the West Bank city of Bethlehem on Monday morning. Two army jeeps stormed the area then headed towards the village schools apparently attempting to provoke the children. When this failed they opened fire at the students, no injures were reported, eyewitnesses reported.

Also on Monday Israeli troops invaded the village of Beit Kad near the West Bank city of Jenin and took five prisoners.  Soldiers and army jeeps stormed the village from several directions, searched several houses and ransacked them, before taking the five to unknown locations. The five were known as; Firas Halamnah and two of his brothers Lou'e and Mohammad. The two other prisoners were also brothers Ahmad and Tawfik Halamnah.

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