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Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Centre,, for Monday November 16th, 2009.

A Palestinian civilian is killed in the Gaza Strip and a patient dies of swine flu in the West Bank. These stories and more coming up stay tuned.

The News Cast

A young Palestinian man has died after being electrocuted in a tunnel near Khan Younis, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip, Palestinian medical sources said today.

Twenty five year old Tawfiq Abu Rjeila, from Khuza’a, east of Khan Younis was electrocuted by an exposed wire in the tunnel.

Medics managed to retrieve his body from the tunnel but he was pronounced dead on arrival at the European Hospital.

One hundred and twenty Palestinians, including four children, were killed in tunnel accidents during 2008 and 2009. Seven Palestinians were killed this year in tunnels targeted by the Israeli Air Force.

A Palestinian suffering from H1N1, also known as swine flu, died in the West Bank on Monday, bringing the death toll to five since the outbreak began.

The Palestinian Health Ministry says there are currently at least one thousand, one hundred cases of people suffering from H1N1 in the West Bank.

In a report issued today the ministry is warning that the number of cases may increase in the West Bank during the winter.

In other news on Monday seven Palestinian civilians were kidnapped by Israeli troops during morning invasions targeting a number of West Bank communities.

Local Palestinian sources reported invasions in the cities of Ramallah, Jenin and Hebron.

The sources added that four of those kidnapped are from Hebron, two are from Jenin and one is from Ramallah. The Israeli army radio announced that all seven kidnapped men were taken to military detention camps for questioning.


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