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Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Centre, www.imemc.org, for Wednesday, March 10th, 2010.
Tanks shell areas in the Gaza Strip as settlers attack villagers in the West Bank. These stories and more coming up, stay tuned.
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Israeli tanks opened fire on Wednesday afternoon at residents’ homes and farm lands located close to the eastern Gaza Strip boarders.
Residents reported damage to their homes and groves but no injuries. Local sources said that the shelling was concentrated near the evacuated Israeli settlement of Nahal OZ. The bombardment was accompanied with fake air raids by Israeli jet fighters in the area, witnesses told local media.
In related news Palestinians organized a nonviolent protest Wednesday in central Gaza the Israeli built wall around the costal enclave.
The demonstration today was organized by the popular committee against the Israeli wall. People gathered at Gaza City and marched towards the buffer zone at the borders with Israel.
People marched with Palestinian flags and banners demanding the halt of Israeli attacks on Palestinian farmers in that area. Israel troops open fire frequently on Palestinians at the borders in the Gaza Strip. The army clam the buffer zone and the wall are built for Israel security.
Today’s protest is not the first this week. Palestinians along with international supporters organized on Tuesday a protest at the Erez crossing at the northern Gaza Strip borders protesting the Israeli army attempts to create a buffer zone in the area. The protest started from Beit Hanoun town in northern Gaza Strip.
Elsewhere a group of armed Israeli settlers attack on Wednesday the village of Bureen northern West Bank and destroyed a car there. Witnesses told media that the settlers came from the nearby settlement of Yetshar; they attacked villagers homes and vandalized property then set a car owned by a villager of fire and left.
Villagers say the settlers of Yetshar attack them on regular bases to drive them away from their lands and homes so the settlers can expand their settlement built on land originally taken from the villagers of Bureen and other nearby villages.
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