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Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Centre, www.imemc.org, for Tuesday, December 29th, 2009

Israeli tanks attacked Gaza border areas and troops kidnapped five civilians from the West Bank. These stories and more, coming up, stay tuned.

The News Cast

A Palestinian patient was reported dead on Tuesday after he was unable to leave the besieged Gaza Strip for medical care.

48 years old Mohamed Jassier had hart condition and needed life-saving medical care outside the Gaza Strip but the Israeli army never gave him the permission to leave, medical sources reported.

The Palestinian Health Ministry in the Gaza Strip said that with Jassier dearth, the total number of patients who died because of the Israeli siege reached 367 citizens.

Israel started its siege of the Gaza Strip in June of 2007 rendering Gaza hospitals unable to provide basic health care for the 1.5 million Palestinians living there.

In the Gaza Strip a number of Israeli tanks opened fire on Tuesday midday at Palestinian farmers in the northern Gaza.

The farmers told local media that tanks invaded their lands located near Biet Hannon and opened fire at them while Israeli bulldozers destroyed their crops.

The farmers said that a number of homes and lands sustained damage but reported no injuries.

Israeli tanks attacked the same area on Monday. On Sunday tanks shells killed two Palestinian civilians in Beit Hannon.

Elsewhere Five Palestinian civilians were kidnapped by Israeli troops on Tuesday during pre dawn invasions targeting a number of west Bank communities.

Local sources reported invasions in the central West Bank village of Bil’in, were troops kidnapped two children. Another Israeli invasion was reported at the village of Burka near Nablus, northern West Bank, also two men were kidnapped during the attack.

Meanwhile one civilian was kidnapped by Israeli troops after searching homes at the village of Ithna near the southern West Bank city of Hebron.

The Israeli military announced that all those kidnapped on Tuesday were moved to military detention camps for questioning.

Conclusion

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