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Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Centre,, for Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

Three men were found dead in a tunnel in southern Gaza Strip, while the Israeli military kidnaps 15 Palestinian civilians from the West Bank, these stories and more coming, stay tuned.

The News Cast

Palestinian sources reported Israeli military invasions in Bethlehem, southern West Bank, and Qalqilia and Jenin, northern West Bank Tuesday morning, during which the military kidnapped 15 Palestinian civilians.

The Israeli army radio announced that the men were all taken to a military detention camp for questioning. The radio added that all those kidnapped were on the army claimed wanted list.

In other news, a Palestinian patient died on Tuesday after he was prevented by the Israeli military to leave the coastal region for medical care in Egypt.

Waleed Madi, 38 years old, had Tuberculosis. Palestinian doctors were unable to treat him locally because of the siege.

The Palestinian Ministry of Health in the Gaza Strip announced that with Madi’s death the number of patients who have died because of the Israeli siege has reached 366.

Staying in the Gaza Strip, three Palestinian civilians were found dead on Tuesday afternoon inside a tunnel between the Gaza Strip and Egypt.

Palestinian sources reported that the Egyptian military have located the three men, who are from the same family, under the rubble as the tunnel they were trying to go through collapsed on Monday night.

Palestinian medical sources identified the three as 18-year-old Mahmoud Al Louh, his brother Ahmad, 17 and Fathi Al Louh, 45.

Since Israel placed the Gaza Strip under siege, the tunnels at the Gaza-Egypt boarders became a main source for much needed supplies for the 1.5 million Palestinians living the Gaza Strip.


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