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Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center, www.imemc.org, for Monday February 27th, 2012.
Israeli Troops Arrest Eight Palestinians during morning invasions as Political Detainee Hana Ash-Shalabi entered her twelfth day of open-ended hunger strike, these stories and more, coming up, stay tuned.
As Palestinian Political Detainee Hana Ash-Shalabi entered her twelfth day of open-ended hunger strike on Monday, school children ,teachers and supporters organized a solidarity protest. Israeli authorities moved Ash-Shalabi on Sunday to solitary confinement at the Ha-Sharon Israeli prison. The Palestinian political detainee announced Sunday that she will continue her strike until she is released.
Ash-Shalabi is following the footsteps of detainee Adnan Khader who carried out a 66-day hunger strike. Khader, who reached a near death condition and organ failure, ended his strike last week when Israel pledged to release him in April. Protesters today marched from the local school carrying Ash-Shalabi photos and demanded her immediate release. The march ended at the protest tent outside Ash-Shalabi’s home in the northern west Bank village of Borqeen near Jenin.
Ash-Shalabi, 28, is the first female detainee who was release under the Shalit prisoner-swap deal to be re-arrested by the army. She was taken prisoner on February 16, 2012, and was ordered under Administrative Detention for six months.
In other news a Palestinian Medic was injured on Sunday evening, while eight Palestinian civilians were arrested on Monday morning during separate Israeli attacks targeting West Bank communities. The Palestinian Civil Defense announced on Monday that ambulance teams and medic came under attack on Sunday evening by Israeli troops as they were evacuating civilians near Qalandiya checkpoint at the entrance of Ramallah city in central West Bank.
According to the Civil Defense, Israeli troops fired tear gas at residents’ homes trapping families inside, soldiers then fired rubber-coated steel bullets at medics who arrived to evacuate residents. A fire engine also sustained damage by the Israeli military attack, the Palestinian Civil Defense reported.
In a separate attack, Israeli troops invaded on Monday morning the northern West Bank village of Kufer Qaliel near Nablus city and arrested eight civilians. Local sources announced that an Israeli force invaded the village and searched homes before arrested eight civilians. Another Israeli force also invaded the nearby city of Nablus and conduct searches.
That’s all for today from the IMEMC News, this was the Monday February 27th daily roundup of news from the Occupied Palestinian Territories. Join us again tomorrow for more reports and update or visit our website www.imemc.org. This has been brought to you by Husam Qassis and me, Ghassan Bannoura.