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Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Centre,, for Wednesday October 14th 2009.

An Israeli military attack leaves one dead in the Gaza Strip while in the West Bank settlers attack and injure farmers. These stories and more, coming up, stay tuned.

The News Cast

A Palestinian man was killed and five others were injured on Wednesday in two separate air raids targeting the border area between Egypt and Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip.

Medical sources said that twenty three year old Yousif Abu Mer’y was dead on arrival at hospital, while five others sustained moderate wounds.

Witnesses said that Israeli fighter jets launched two separate attacks on the border area. The Israeli military said they had bombed tunnels used by local fighters to smuggle weapons into the Gaza Strip.

Israel started its siege on Gaza in June 2006, leaving the 1.5 million Palestinians living there lacking basic food, medical and fuel supplies. The underground tunnels are used in most cases to get needed supplies into Gaza.

In the West Bank, a Palestinian farmer was injured on Wednesday when Israeli settlers attacked a group of Palestinian farmers as they headed to their lands near the northern West Bank city of Nablus.

Farmers from the village of Qaruit were on their way to harvest their olives when settlers from the nearby illegal settlement of Aalli attacked them with rocks and batons, witnesses reported.

Mofed Jabr, a local farmer, sustained moderate wounds and was moved to a nearby clinic for treatment, medical sources announced.

On Tuesday the Israeli military warned the residents of villages to the south of Nablus not to house international supporters.

This decision is not new. Israel has deported dozens of activists and denied entry to many others. But the warning comes as many international activists come to the West Bank to help Palestinian farmers during the olive harvest season and to try and protect them from attacks by Israeli settlers.


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