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Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center www.imemc.org for Tuesday April 27th, 2010.
Israeli troops attack anti-wall protest near Bethlehem and navy forces open fire at Gaza fishermen, these stories and more are coming up, stay tuned.
The News Cast
A number of civilians were treated for the effects of tear gas inhalation and one 14-year-old Palestinian child was detained by Israeli soldiers who attacked a nonviolent anti-wall protest in al-Walajeh village near Bethlehem, southern West Bank.
The villagers of Al-Walajeh along with international and Israeli supporters marched on Tuesday towards their lands were Israel is building the wall and demanded the immediate halt of construction. Last Thursday Israel resumed wall construction at the Walajeh village. Farmers say bulldozers have so far uprooted 10 old olive trees that date to the Roman era.
In other news a scuffle erupted between Palestinian residents and Israeli troops in Silwan neighborhood of East Jerusalem on Tuesday. Witnesses told local media that troops gathered in Silwan and provoked local youth causing a short scuffle however no injuries were reported.
Silwan, a Palestinian neighborhood just outside the walls of the Jerusalem’s old city, witnessed intense clashes over the weekend. Dozens of Israeli settlers marched on Sunday through Silwan. 30 Palestinians were injured when they tried to stop the settlers. Soldiers used tear gas and rubber-coated steel bullets against Palestinian protestors.
Also in the West Bank, Israeli soldiers detained six Palestinian civilians during military invasions targeting a number of communities on Tuesday. Local sources reported invasions into the cities of Nablus, Ramallah and Hebron.
In the meantime, Israeli naval forces attacked on Tuesday Palestinian fishing boats at the shoreline of the northern Gaza Strip town of Beit Lahiya.
Fishermen said, navy vessels opened fire at them while still close to the shore and forced to go back to the land. Damage was reported to the boats but no injuries among fishermen who completely depend on fishing for living. Since Israel strengthened its siege on the Gaza Strip on June of 2007, the navy rarely allows local fishermen to go far in the sea to fish and constantly attacks them.
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