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Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center, www.imemc.org, for Thursday, September 6th, 2012.

Increasing pressure on the PA, the harsh economic conditions in Palestine, and more deadly attacks in Gaza. These stories and more, coming up, stay tuned.

A fishing boat illegally carrying at least100 refugees capsized off the coast of Western Turkey today, killing 58 people. Officials report that many of the deceased were trapped under the deck of the boat, including women and children, and were unable to escape. Forty-nine others, including Palestinians, Syrians, and Iraqis, were rescued by Turkish authorities. At present the nationalities of those deceased are unclear.

Wednesday evening, three Palestinians were killed, and a fourth was seriously wounded, when the army bombarded a car transporting resistance fighters in Al-Maghazi refugee camp, in central Gaza. Palestinian medical sources in the Gaza Strip reported that three more Palestinians were killed on Thursday morning, when the Israeli army bombarded Beit Hanoun, in the northern part of the Gaza Strip.

A Palestinian refugee in Al-Yarmouk refugee camp was killed on Wednesday evening, after the camp was bombarded by Israeli military. The refugee, Ala’ Farouq, was killed by shells that targeted Al-Maliki Street.

Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, arrived in Cairo on Wednesday evening to meet with the Arab Follow-up Committee. The talks focused on the situation in the occupied territories and the efforts to achieve national Palestinian unity.

Israel and the United States are pressuring the Palestinians to resume peace talks by imposing harsh restrictions that are choking the already devastated economic situation of the Palestinian Authority. The PA will not resume peace talks as long as Israel continues its invasions, assaults, violations, and for as long as it continues to construct and expand illegal settlements.

Protests and strikes are spreading throughout the West Bank following skyrocketing costs of food and fuel.

That’s all for Palestine Today, This was the Thursday September 6th 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, Catherine Anderson.

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