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Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center, www.imemc.org, for Tuesday, March 13th, 2012.

Israeli troop’s fire injures three men in Gaza while military invasions targeting West Bank communities end with one civilian arrested. These stories and more, coming up, stay tuned.

Three Palestinian civilians were injured on Tuesday midday by Israeli gunfire in northern Gaza Strip.

Witnesses told local news agencies that the three men were going back home after participating in the funeral of two men that were killed last night by Israeli shelling. Israeli forces opened fire at them injuring all three, witnesses added. Medical sources said that the three men were moved to a local hospital after sustaining moderate wounds.

This attack on Tuesday midday comes shortly after Egypt mediated a truce took effect between Gaza based Palestinian groups and Israel ending the recent wave of Israeli escalation which claimed that lives of 25 Palestinians since Friday. 45 Palestinians were injured in the recent Israeli escalation, mostly women and children.

Meanwhile Cairo announced on Tuesday that a ceasefire deal was reached between Israel and Palestinian groups in Gaza ending five days of escalation in the costal enclave. Egyptian officials announced that the deal took effect on Tuesday morning. According to Cairo Israel will stop attacks and extra judicially assassinations while Palestinian resistance will halt home-made shells fire from Gaza.

The latest round of escalation started after the Israeli army assassinated, on Friday, leader of the armed Popular Resistance Committees in Gaza and his assistance. While Israeli war-jets bounded the Gaza Strip since Friday afternoon Palestinian resistance fired 154 home-made shells into Israeli towns near the Gaza-Israeli borders.

In the West Bank on Tuesday, Israeli troops invaded a number of Palestinian communities and searched homes before arresting one civilian. Local sources reported invasions and home searches in the cities of Jenin and Nablus, northern West Bank, in the central West Bank city of Ramallah and Hebron city, southern West Bank.

And that’s all for today from the IMEMC News, this was the Tuesday March 13th 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.

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