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Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center,, for Tuesday August 30, 2011.

A Palestinian child dies of wounds sustained ten days ago, and Israel gears up the settlers for September bid, these stories and more, coming up, stay tuned.

Palestinian medical sources in Beit Lahia, in the northern part of the Gaza Strip, reported Monday that a Palestinian child died of wounds inflicted when the Israeli army bombarded Beit Lahia, ten days ago.

The child was identified as Haitham Ma’rouf, 14; he suffered serious injuries when the Israeli Air Force bombarded a residential area in the north of Beit Lahia.

He remained at the Intensive Care Unit at the Al Shifa Medical Compound in Gaza City until he succumbed to his injuries.

The Israeli army is training settlers in the West Bank to repel any violent protests in the occupied territories when the Palestinians try to secure UN membership in September, the military said.

The Israeli newspaper Haaretz said the army issued a written statement saying it was in the process of training settlement response teams, ‘to deal with any possible scenario.’

The Palestinian Authority said earlier that it will not allow demonstrations or protests to go beyond Area “A”.

Around 122 countries out of 193 members of the United Nations General Assembly said they will vote in September in favor of recognizing an independent Palestinian state on the territories occupied by Israel in June of 1967.

The Miles of Smiles 5 solidarity convoy, heading to the besieged Gaza Strip to deliver medical and humanitarian supplies, entered Monday North Sinai District in Egypt heading to the border with the Gaza Strip hoping to be allowed through.

The convoy, named the Martyrs of the Border, referring to the Egyptian soldiers who were recently killed by Israeli army fire on the border with Eilat, carries approximately 100 Arab and International human rights activists, in addition to urgently needed medical and humanitarian supplies.

Dr. Issam Yousef, coordinator of the Miles of Smiles 4 that managed to enter Gaza, stated that preparations are ongoing to send two more convoys to Gaza in the next three months.

That was some of the news from Palestine Today, for more updates, please visit our website at Thank you for joining us from occupied Bethlehem. This report has been brought to you by Hussam Qassis and me, George Rishmawi.