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Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center, www.imemc.org, for Monday, September 3rd, 2012.
Israel removes an unauthorized outpost despite settler resistance, meanwhile, Israeli air force shells a Hamas training center in the Gaza Strip, these stories and more, coming up, stay tuned
The Israeli air force fired, on Monday at dawn, several missiles into a training center that belongs to the Al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, near An-Nusseirat refugee camp, in central Gaza; damage was reported but no injuries.
Local sources reported that an Israeli F-16 jet fighter jet fired three missiles into the center causing excessive damage to several buildings.
The Israeli army said that the attack was carried out in retaliation to a mortar shell that was fired from Gaza into the Western Negev and landed in an open area causing no damage or injuries.
On Sunday, the Israeli army said that two shells were fired from Gaza into Kissufim and Be’ery, in the Western Negev.
Israeli sources reported that a number of shells were fired into the Eshkol Regional Council, in the Western Negev, and that the highway leading to Eshkol was closed due to fires caused by the shells.
In other news, Israeli sources reported that dozens of teenage settlers from the unauthorized outpost of Migron clashed with Israeli police officers who were trying to evacuate them early Sunday.
The sources added that the eviction of the Migron outpost was completed Sunday, and that the settlers of the outpost pledged to non-violently resist their eviction, but several young settlers from nearby illegal outposts arrived in Migron and clashed with the soldiers, while some others left voluntarily.
Dozens of Israeli soldiers were also deployed on roads that lead to the illegal outpost in an attempt to prevent extremist settlers from arriving into the area to cause trouble and to resist the eviction process.
Migron is an unauthorized settlers outpost built on privately-owned Palestinian lands near the Palestinian city of Ramallah.
The settlers issued a statement saying that “Migron settlers feel betrayed by the government of Benjamin Netanyahu”.
Three Human Rights organizations expressed serious concerns about the lives of three Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike inside Israeli jails.
Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association, Al-Haq and Physicians for Human Rights-Israel said the lives of Samer Al-Barq, Hassan Safadi and Ayman Sharawna are in grave danger because of their hunger strike.
Of utmost concern are the health conditions of administrative detainees Samer Al-Barq, on his 104th day of renewed hunger strike following his previous 30-day fast, and Hassan Safadi, on his 74th day of renewed hunger strike following his previous 71-day hunger strike.
The two renewed their hunger strike when Israeli authorities refused to stick to the agreement reached with Israel to realise Palestinian prisoners
That’s all for Palestine Today, This was the Monday September 3rd round-up 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 Hussam Qassis and me, George Rishmawi.