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Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center, www.imemc.org, for Monday September 10th, 2012.
Palestinians are struggling on two fronts, against an increase in prices and against Israeli shelling, these stories and more, coming up, stay tuned.
Palestinians continue to protest all over the West Bank against the increase in the cost of living. The protests took different forms, most of which were peaceful. In some areas, youth burnt tires and blocked roads with large bricks, while in other areas, truck drivers blocked the roads using their vehicles.
In the meantime, several youth groups in various areas throughout the West Bank condemned the use of violence in these social protests. Using social media, the youth called for the use of peaceful tactics.
Bases on instructions from the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, the police have not intervened to stop peaceful protests. Abbas said in a televised speech on Saturday, that the Palestinian Authority is under pressure because of the motion they are taking to the UN in September, affirming that the Palestinian leadership will submit an application to the UN to be recognized as a non-member state.
In other news, late Sunday night Israeli soldiers bombarded several areas in northern and southern Gaza, leading to extensive damage and several injuries of civilians including children.
The Israeli Air Force fired at least two missiles into a building in at-Tuffah residential neighborhood, east of Gaza City, which allegedly belonged to the al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas.
Later on, the Israeli Air Force fired missiles targeting a siege-busting tunnel in al-Jaradat area, east of the Rafah Border Terminal, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip.
Also, several missiles were fired into another al-Qassam training center, west of Beit Lahia, in the northern part of the Gaza Strip.
Spokesperson of the Palestinian Minister of Health, Dr. Ashraf al-Qudra, said that a 10-year-old child was moderately wounded when the army bombarded an area east of Rafah. The child was moved to Abu Yousef an-Najjar Hospital in the city.
The Gaza Now News Agency reported that despite the Israeli bombardment, Palestinian armed groups managed to fire two Grad missiles into adjacent Israeli areas.
Gaza Now added that several residents, including two children, have been injured in the Israeli attacks, and that Israeli war jets are still flying over different parts of the Gaza Strip.
Israel claimed that its bombardment comes in retaliation to Grad missiles fired from the Gaza Strip into the Israeli settlement of Netivot, leading to a number of mild injuries.
During his Sunday meeting with German Foreign Minister Guido Weterswelle, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated that “Israel will defend itself’ and added that “terrorists must realize that they are not safe”.
Palestinian armed groups in Gaza said that the firing of shells into Israel comes in retaliation to its recent escalation against the residents in the Gaza Strip, and the ongoing Israeli military assaults.
That’s all from Palestine Today, This was the Monday September 10th 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, Anne Shirley.