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Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center, for Thursday, December 29, 2011.

Israeli authorities to open Karm Abu Salem crossing to allow food supplies and other materials into the besieged strip, and Israeli navy attack Gaza fishermen and international observers in Gaza Strip waters, these stories and more, coming up, stay tuned.

Israeli authorities said it will open the Karm Abu Salem crossing to allow some basic material to enter into the besieged Gaza Strip, Palestinian Media Sources reported Thursday.

The incoming cargo, a total of 260 trucks, will contain mainly food supplies and some agricultural material and equipment. In addition to 59 truck loads of construction material to be especially used by the United Nations Work and Relief Agency of the Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA) for its reconstruction projects.

The sources added that few thousands litres of cooking gas will be pumped into the besieged coastal region as well, in addition, one truck load of Chilli pepper will be allowed out of the Gaza Strip.

On wednesday Israeli authorities allowed the export of one truck load of chilli pepper, and allowed the entry of some aid packages, food supplies and some construction material.

The siege on Gaza has been imposed since 2006, and tightened in 2007. Over 300 Palestinians from the Gaza Strip died for the lack of medical supplies and inability to travel to Egypt for medical treatment.

Israeli Security forces arrested prominent right-wing Jewish activists in a West Bank settlement early Thursday, over suspicions of monitoring the movements of Israeli soldiers in the region, the Israeli newspaper Haaretz said.

Haaretz added that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu approved a series of steps to crack down on Jewish extremists responsible for recent violent attacks on Israeli soldiers.

Because of lack of material evidence against the settlers, Netanyahu approved issuing an administrative detention order against them. However, he rejected a recommendation to label them a ‘terror group.’ Settler assaults against Israeli military and assaults against Palestinians civilians have been increasing in various West Bank regions with Mosques as primary targets.

In other news Israeli sources reported that Israeli warplanes shelled two locations for Palestinian fighters in the Gaza Strip as a response to Palestinian projectiles fired into Israel earlier in the day.

The air strike targeted a tunnel, used by Palestinian fighters north of the Gaza Strip as a training compound.

On Wednesday night an Israeli naval warship attacked the international observers and Palestinian captain of the Civil Peace Service Gaza boat Oliva, injuring its captain in an apparent attempt to capsize it.

The international observers said they had a trouble with their engine and could not move their boat, and the Israeli navy continued going around them in circles.

When the warship was two meters away from the Oliva, one of the waves it had created nearly capsized the small boat, filling it with water and causing the Palestinian captain to fall out, injuring his left leg.

That’s all for today from the IMEMC News, this was the Thursday December 29 daily roundup of news from the Occupied Palestinian Territories. We hope you will join us again tomorrow. This was brought to you by Husam Qassis, and me, George Rishmawi