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Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center, www.imemc.org, for Thursday, March 8th, 2012.
Israeli troops kill a Palestinian youth and injuries another before arresting him while settlers uproot 100 young olive trees owned by Palestinian farmers. These stories and more, coming up, stay tuned.
Twenty-two years old Zakariay Abu Iram was killed while Mohamed Rashid, 18, was injured and arrested by Israeli troops as they attacked the southern West Bank village of Yatta on Thursday afternoon.
The Israeli military said that troops invading Yatta village opened fire after one of them got stabbed by local youths during the ensued clashes. Mohamed who witnessed the killing told IMEMC that Yatta residents came to stop the invasion and no one tried to stab any soldier.
The troops were trying to arrest Khalied Makhamreh. He is a Palestinian political prisoner that got released from Israeli military detention last October as part of the Egyptian mediated swap deal between Palestinian groups and Israel.
Elsewhere today as part of commemorating international women day, Palestinian women organized a number of protests in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip in solidarity with political prisoner in Israeli jail Hanna Ash-Shalabi who is on hunger strike since the army re arrested her 22 days ago.
Israeli troops used tear gas at the women protest at the army checkpoint between the central West Bank city of Ramallah and Jerusalem. Ash-Shalabi was also released October as part the swap deal with Israeli after serving two years in jail. She is protesting the Israeli administrative detention and ill-treatment by her captives. Israel uses administrative detention to hold Palestinians without charges for many years. Currently there are 300 prisoners held by Israel under administrative detention.
Moreover on Thursday a group of settlers stormed Palestinian farmers lands near Al Khadier village in southern West Bank and uprooted 100 young olive trees and took it all away.
The olive trees were part of some 200 trees that were planted on Wednesday by Norwegian students and their teacher from Oslo on Palestinian farmers lands near the illegal Israeli settlement of Aliazar. Yesterday settlers and troops stooped the olive tree planting and took over 100 trees that were not planted yet.
And that’s all for today from the IMEMC News, this was the Thursday March 8th daily news roundup from the Occupied Palestinian Territories. Join us again tomorrow for more news and update visit our website at www.imemc.org. Today’s report has been brought to you by Husam Qassis and me, Ghassan Bannoura.