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Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center, www.imemc.org, for Thursday September 30, 2010.
Palestinians express reluctant to resume peace talks if settlement construction continue and settlers continue their assaults against Palestinians in the West Bank, these stories and more coming up, stay tuned.
One Palestinian worker was wounded by unexploded ordinance, apparently left behind, by the Israeli army during the war on Gaza last year, medical sources in the Gaza Strip reported.
The worker, has not been identified as of the time of this report but is reported by witnesses to be in his mid-30s, was moved to Kamal Adwan hospital suffering moderate wounds.
He was collecting stones and debris near the Beit Hanoun Crossing, in the northern part of the Gaza Strip, as part of his daily work the only source of income for his family.
In Jerusalem, medics and lawyers revealed that Israeli army uses poisoning tear gas to suppress protests organised by Palestinians in Jerusalem.
They demanded, in a press conference held in Silwan protest tent on Wednesday, the formation of an international committee in order to investigate the kind of bombs used by the Israeli military and police in Jerusalem.
Fakhri Abu Diab, member of Silwan’s Land Defence Committee, pointed that these bombs have a very negative impact on those who are exposed to it, adding that some of the canisters had an over due expiration date.
Medics said that victims of these bombs suffered extreme fatigue, vomiting and high temperature, which are symptoms of poisoning.
Israeli settlers called, on thursday, for the demolition of a mosque in the West Bank village of Burin, near Nablus.
A local government source in Nablus stated that settlers posted stickers on the intersection called for the destruction of the mosque, which is located in a residential neighbourhood and which is exposed to a daily attacks by the Israeli military.
In political news, Palestinian Authority Officials expressed resistance to resumption of the direct peace talks without an extension of the West Bank settlement freeze. These statements were made ahead of the visit of the US envoy George Mitchell on Thursday
Mitchell along with the European Union’s top diplomat, Catherine Ashton, will meet with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Thursday, at his headquarters in Ramallah. Ashton announced she is heading to the region “as a matter of priority” after talking to Mitchell and Quartet envoy Tony Blair.
The Quartet committee for peace is comprised of the United States, European Union, the United Nations and Russia.
That sums up our news for today, thank you for joining us form occupied Bethlehem, you have been listening to Palestine Today, from the International Middle East Media Center. For more updates, please visit our website at www.imemc.org. This report has been brought to you by, Hussam Qassis, and George Rishmawi.