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Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center, www.imemc.org, for Monday February 13th, 2012.
A Palestinian resistance fighter is killed in a training accident in Gaza, and four Palestinian fishermen are arrested off the coast of Gaza, these stories and more, coming up, so stay tuned.
The Salah Ed-Deen Brigades, the armed wing of the Popular Resistance Committees, reported that one of its fighters was killed on Sunday evening during a training accident in Rafah, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip. The Brigades said that Ali Abu Aathra, aged 20, was killed after he fell off a vehicle during training. Several fighters and members of different armed groups have previously been killed during similar accidents in the Gaza Strip over the past few years.
In other news, the Israeli Supreme Court issued a preliminary ruling, forbidding Burin village mosque, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus, from using loud speakers, and even from using lights on the mosque’s minaret.
The Israeli Radio reported that the ruling was made after an extremist right-wing settlers group submitted photographs proving the mosque was renovated, and that lights and loudspeakers were installed despite a court ruling made nearly 18 months ago forbidding further constructions and renovations.
Head of the Burin Village Council, Ali Eid, stated that extremist settler groups have been trying to shut the mosque down, and even have it demolished, under the claim that it is not located in the village itself.
In news from Jerusalem, Israeli bulldozers from the Jerusalem Municipality destroyed a playground on Monday morning, in Wadi Hilweh area, in Silwan of East Jerusalem.
Representatives of the Natural Gardens Authority, accompanied by officials of the municipality, entered the area and ordered the bulldozers to destroy the playground.
Furthermore, the municipality also removed the protest tent that was installed by Palestinian inhabitants of Silwan in 2007 to protest the illegal takeover of Palestinian homes by extremist groups that fund the illegal Israeli settlement activities.
Over in Gaza, the Israeli Navy arrested four Palestinian fishermen on Monday morning, after attacking their boats in Palestinian waters north of the Gaza Strip, near the Gaza Port. The four were identified as Adham Mahmoud Abu Ryala, Mahmoud Abu Ryala, Jamal Sultan, and Fadel Jamal Sultan.
Fishermen in Gaza have faced greater and greater restriction of the years, with their catchment area being increasingly restricted since Oslo. The fishing distance now resides at just under two nautical miles from the coast of Gaza, putting great pressure on the local fishing industry.
That’s all for today from the IMEMC News, this was the Monday February 13th daily roundup of news from the Occupied Palestinian Territories. We hope you will join us again tomorrow. This has been brought to you by Husam Qassis and me, William Gibson.