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Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Centre,, for Tuesday, February 9th, 2010.

Israel soldiers detain 16 Palestinian civilians from the West Bank, and open fire at farmers in Gaza. These stories, and more, coming up, stay tuned.

The News Cast

Israeli tanks stationed at the boarders with the Gaza Strip, opened fire at farmlands on Tuesday, at midday.

Local sources announced that the fire targeted farm lands near Gaza City. The attack caused damage, but no injuries were reported. Last week Israel’s siege and attacks on the Gaza Strip left two Palestinian killed.

On Monday, Israeli navy forces opened fire at Palestinian fishermen off the shore of Rafah town, southern Gaza Strip. Damage to the fishermen’s boats was reported but no injuries.

Elsewhere the Israeli military detained 16 Palestinian civilians during invasions targeting West Bank communities, late Monday night and Tuesday at dawn.

The Israeli army radio announced that all those detained today were on its “wanted list.” The radio added that all detainees were moved to military camps for questioning.

Local Palestinian sources reported invasions to the cities of Tulkarem, Qalqilia, and Nablu,s northern West Bank, in addition to the central city of Ramallah, and Hebron city, southern West Bank.

Later in the day, tensions continued at the Shu’fat refugee camp, East Jerusalem, following yesterday’s clashes and arrests, Palestinian media sources reported.

Hostilities flared between a group of children and the border guards at the military check point near the entrance to the camp leading to the detention of 15 year old, Ahmad Jamil Abu Hamda. Yesterday Israeli police raided the camp injuring at least 8 residents and arresting around 60 others.


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