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Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center,, for Thursday April 12th, 2012.

Palestinian political detainees held by Israel continue their hunger strike protesting ill-treatment, while troops attack a number of West Bank communities. These stories and more, coming up, stay tuned.

Eleven Palestinian political prisoners continued on Thursday their hunger strike, Palestinian human rights groups reported. According to the report two of them Thaer Halahla and Bilal Thiyab have entered on Thursday their 45th day of hunger strike.

The political detainees are protesting the Israeli policy of administrative detention and ill-treatment inside detention centers. The Israeli government uses administrative detention to hold Palestinians for unspecified time without any charges.

Last month prisoner Hana Ash-shalabi ended her hunger strike after a deal was reached to deport her to Gaza for three years before she can come back to her home in northern West Bank. Immediately after being kidnapped by the Israeli army in the West Bank, Ash-Shalabi, 30, years old conducted a 43-day hunger-strike demanding an end to her illegal detention.

In other news, Israeli forces invaded on Thursday at dawn the town of Tayasser, near the northern West Bank city of Tubas. Troops searched homes and handed over questioning orders to two men from the town.

Meanwhile in the nearby Jenin city, troops stormed homes and searched them. Local sources announced that local youth tried to stop the invading forces that responded by firing tear gas and rubber-coated steel bullets at them. No injuries were reported.

In southern West Bank, Israeli soldiers erected two military checkpoints around the city of Hebron. Troops stopped and searched Palestinian civilian cars. No arrested were reported.

And that’s all for today from IMEMC News. This was the Thursday April 12th daily news roundup from the Occupied Palestinian Territories. Join us again tomorrow. For more news and updates please visit our website at Today’s report has been brought to you by Husam Qassis and me Ghassan Bannoura.