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Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center, www.imemc.org for Wednesday April 18, 2012.
A Palestinian civilian is shot by Israeli troops near the Gaza Israeli border, and settlers take over a Palestinian owned house in East Jerusalem. These stories and more coming up, stay tuned.
Palestinian medical sources reported that a woman was shot and wounded on Wednesday morning, after Israeli soldiers opened fire at farmers working on their land in Khuza’a town, east of Khan Younis, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip. The woman, who was identified as 33 year old Renad Salem Qdeih, was shot in the head; receiving injuries described as moderate-to-severe.
Qdeih’s land is approximately 1 kilometer away from the Israeli “security fence” that separates Gaza from the state of Israel. On Monday Israeli soldiers shot and wounded a Palestinian farmer in the same area; claiming that the farmer approached the “security fence”.
By using force to control the buffer-zone near the security fence, the army prevents many farmers and workers with land in this area from being able to work in order to provide food for their families.
Elsewhere on Wednesday, Israeli military bulldozers demolished several sheds and tents belonging to the Al-Jahalin Bedouin tribe, near Jerusalem city. Eyewitnesses reported that the army demolished 13 sheds and tents leaving several families without shelter, and without barns for their livestock.
Residents of Al-Jahalin originate from an area north of Be’er Al Sabe’ (Be’er Sheva), and were forced out of their lands by armed Israeli groups and soldiers in 1950. After the 1967 Six-Day War, some residents of Al-Jahalin were forced into exile in Jordan, while the rest were forced to relocate in areas in Israeli controlled East Jerusalem, and Jericho.
Staying in Jerusalem, Israeli soldiers and policemen displaced resident Khaled An-Natsha and his family from their home in Beit Hanina area in East Jerusalem. The eviction came following a court order that granted Israeli settlers ownership over the property. The Israeli District Court in Jerusalem previously issued an eviction notice ordering An-Natsha to vacate the property, claiming that the land on which his home is built had belonged to a Jewish man since 1936.
And that’s all for today from IMEMC News. This was the Wednesday April 18th daily roundup of news from the Occupied Palestinian Territories.For more news and updates please visit our website at www.imemc.org. Today’s report has been brought to you by Husam Qassis and me Ghassan Bannoura.