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Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Centre, www.imemc.org, for Wednesday, March 17th, 2010.
Israeli troops use lethal fire to suppress anti wall protests in Gaza while clashes re-ignite in the West Bank. These stories and more coming up, stay tuned.
This Wednesday at noon, Israeli troops fired upon a nonviolent protest against the wall in central Gaza Strip. The protest, organized by the local committee against the wall, began in Al Shujayiah neighborhood in Gaza city and headed towards the Israeli seperation wall.
Unarmed civilian protesteers, carrying just banners and flags, were fired upon as they passed a military post near the wall, no injuries were reported.
Also on Wednesday, Israel announced the end of it’s lockdown on East Jerusalem and the West Bank that had been in effect since last Friday. Israeli police say thousands of troops remains on standby.
During clashes in East Jerusalem on Tuesday, at least 38 Palestinians civilians were injured by Israeli police fire.
The clashes took place after fundamental settler groups opened a synagogue near al-Aqsa mosque in East Jerusalem on Monday. Tensions were already high in Jerusalem as Israel declared it’s intent to build 50,000 new settler homes last week.
Israeli Police announced today that 60 Palestinians from Jerusalem have been arrested in connection with the clashes.
Since Friday of last week, Israel had sealed off Jerusalem to West Bank residents and prevented Palestinian men under the age of 50 from entering Jerusalem’s old city.
Jerusalem remained calm today but the cities of Hebron and Bethlehem, southern West Bank, saw clashes erupt between troops and school children. Students were protesting against Israel’s policies in East Jerusalem. Two journalists were reported injured during the incidents.
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