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Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center, www.imemc.org, for Tuesday March 8, 2011
On Monday evening eight demolition orders were issued to Palestinians by Israeli authorities living in Barta’a Al Sharqiyya, which is isolated behind the Annexation Wall south west of the northern West Bank city of Jenin.
Also On Monday, a large group of armed Israeli settlers invaded Qusra village, near the city of Nablus in the northern West Bank, and began uprooting olive trees, throwing stones and firing live ammunition at Palestinian farmers. Young Palestinian threw stones at the settlers, and the Israeli army then attacked the youth with live ammunition, injuring ten, three seriously.
As hundreds of residents marched, Monday, in the streets on Gaza City calling for an end to the internal Palestinian divisions and urging for unity, the Hamas-controlled Palestinian police and security forces detained six residents. Later on, six of the detained residents were released after being ordered to sign a pledge that they will not participate in protests or hand out pamphlets without coordinating their activities with the police.
The Ministry of Detainees at the Hamas-led interim government issued a press release calling on the Egyptian government to immediately release all Palestinian detainees held in Egyptian prisons. The Ministry held Egypt responsible for the safety of the detainees who are on hunger strike for the sixteenth day. In its press release, the Ministry stated that the Palestinian political prisoners in Egypt did not conduct any act that would harm Egypt or its security, and that they were trying to send food to their people living under siege in the Gaza Strip.
The Israeli government is planning to head to the United States to ask for a $20 Billion in additional military aid to “cope with the new changes in the Middle East”.
Also Settlers shot and injured three Palestinians in As-sawiya vilage near Nablus on Monday.
That sums up our news for today, thank you for joining us from occupied Bethlehem. You have been listening to Palestine Today, from International Middle East Media Center. For more updates, please visit our website at www.imemc.org. This report has been brought to you by Husam Qassis and Cicarre Parrhesia.