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Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Centre, www.imemc.org, for Monday, February 15th, 2010.
A British film maker was detained in Gaza, whilst military raids continue in the West Bank. These stories and more, coming up, stay tuned.
The News Cast
a Palestinian child suffered moderate wounds after the Israeli army bombarded a number of homes in the in central Gaza Strip lat Sunday night.
Also in Gaza, a British documentary director, Paul Martin, was arrested by the Hamas controlled security forces after he arrived at a Gaza court to testify in a law suit filed against a Palestinian gunman, accused of collaborating with Israel.
A spokesperson of the Abu al-Resh Brigades, an off-shoot of Fatah movement, said that Martin is facing charges of violating Palestinian Law, and of harming the internal security. He has been sentanced to 15 days in prison.
In the West Bank, the Israeli police forces, along with Israeli soldiers, stormed a number of Palestinian neighborhoods, on Monday, to enforce resident to pay taxes. At Shu’fat camp for Palestinian refugees near Jerusalem’s old city, shop owner closed their shops in protest of the raid, claiming that the police enforce unreal taxes and fines on people, even if they have the needed documents issued by the state of Israel.
Residents say this is an ongoing campaign since last week. Last Monday clashes erupted during a police raid at the Shu’fat camp. Officers arrested 60 Palestinians and injured 8 others. Among those arrested were medical staff who were aiding injured residents.
In other news, twelve Palestinian civilians were detained by Israeli troops during invasions targeting a number of West Bank communities. Local sources reported invasions in the cities of Nablus, were seven people were detained by troops, Ramallah city, where three were detained, and two from Hebron city. The Israeli army radio announced that all those detained were on its “wanted list” and were moved to detention centers for questioning.
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