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Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Medica Center, www.imemc.org, for Wednesday, June 20th, 2012.
Cross border fire has continued on Wednesday with Israeli media outlets reporting that approximately a dozen home-made shells and grad missiles were fired from the Gaza Strip, in the meantime, Israeli sources said the military has killed a Palestinian fighter in Rafah, these stories and more, coming up, stay tuned.
Israeli sources reported that Palestinians resistance group fired a number of shells from Gaza strip against Israeli targetss most of the shells fired fell in the Negev Desert, but two did fall inside town limits, Haaretz reports. No casualties or injuries were reported, although light damage was sustained to an building used for industrial purposes.
Following the attack Israeli Air Force planes shelled a motorcycle in Rafah killing it’s rider. Israel told Reuters that the motorcyclist was involved in Monday’s clash between fighters in the the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt, and Israeli military.
Also, the Israeli Air Force carried out several airstrikes overnight and early dawn hours Wednesday targeting various parts of the Gaza Strip, leading to at least three injuries among the civilian population.
Local sources reported that at least one missile was fired at a car driving near a mosque, in the az-Zeitoun neighbourhood. No injuries were reported as the driver of the vehicle managed to escape before impact.
The army also bombarded a blacksmith workshop in the neighbourhood damaging the building and injuring one Palestinian.
A resistance training camp a Sudaniyya area, near Gaza City, was also targeted by several missiles, while a similar attack targeted a training camp in Rafah, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip.
Eyewitnesses reported that the army also fired missiles at a group of resistance fighters east of Gaza City leading to two injuries.
On Wednesday morning, the army bombarded Wadi as-Salqa, south of Dir Aa-Balah, in central Gaza; a 17-year-old youth identified as Yahia Hattab was injured.
On Tuesday evening, a Palestinian toddler, identified as Hadeel Ahmad al-Haddad, 2, was killed, while her brother suffered moderate injuries, and was moved to a local hospital for treatment.
The Israeli missiles and shells targeting the Gaza Strip led to the death of 7 Palestinians in the last 48 hours, and dozens were reported injured, some seriously.
In other nes The Israeli government of Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, reached an agreement with settlers of the Ulpana unauthorized, near the central West Bank city of Ramallah, stating that Israel will build 300 apartment units for Jewish settlers, in exchange for relocating five illegal houses.
Israeli Ynet News reported that Zalman Melamed, the Rabbi of Beit El settlement, and representatives of the Israeli government, reached the deal on Tuesday.
The five illegal homes will be relocated a location within the settlement boundaries, and “in return”, Israel will construct 300 units on what it calls “state land”.
The five homes in question were built, by Israel’s admission, on privately-owned Palestinian lands; the settlers will leave their homes in a week.
That’s all from IMEMC News. This was the Wednesday June 20th 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 George Rishmawi