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Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center, www.imemc.org, for Thursday September 20, 2012.
Hunger striking Palestinian prisoner to be transferred to Egypt, meanwhile, Israeli air strikes kill two Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, these stories and more, coming up, stay tuned.
Palestinian Minster of Detainee, Issa Qaraqe’, reported Thursday that arrangements are being conducted to transfer ailing hunger striking detainee, Samer al-Barq, to Egypt after a sharp decline in his health condition at a-Ramla Israeli Prison Clinic.
Al-Barq, from the northern West Bank city of Qalqilia, started his hunger strike 122 days ago demanding his release as he is being held by Israel without charges.
Qaraqe’ said that al-Barq asked to be moved to Egypt to receive the needed treatment as Israel is refusing to release him to receive treatment at a Palestinian hospital.
Israel will be moving him to the border with Egypt where an Egyptian ambulance will be waiting for him; arrangements are underway through the Red Cross to allow his family to see him before he is exiled to Egypt.
In related news, Qaraqe’ said that an Israeli Military Court decided, Wednesday, not to renew the Administrative Detention order against detainee Hassan as-Safady, who started his hunger strike 92 days ago, demanding to be released.
He will likely be released on September 29, the day that marks the end of a six-month Administrative Detention order served against him.
In other news, a number of armed extremist Israeli settlers illegally confiscated, on Thursday, six thousand squared meters of privately-owned Palestinian lands, south of Al-Khader, near the West Bank city of Bethlehem.
Ahmad Salah, Coordinator of the Popular Committee Against the Wall and Settlements in Al-Khader, stated that the lands in question are located between the illegal Israeli settlements of Eliezer and Etzion.
Last Thursday, Salah stated that extremist settlers occupied 2000 squared meters of privately-owned Palestinian lands close to the illegal settlement Efrat that was built on lands belonging to the residents of Al-Khader.
On Wednesday, a group of armed extremist Israeli settlers of the Avraham Avino illegal Israeli settlement, invaded a Palestinian home in the southern West Bank city of Hebron, and attacked two family members including an eight years old child.
The settlers initially hurled stones and empty bottles at the home of Nidal Al-Oweiwy, and climbed on its rooftop before invading the house and ransacking it.
The extremist settlers then proceeded to attack Sally, Nidal’s 8-year-old daughter, and his son Sa’id, leading to various cuts and bruises.
Two Palestinians were assassinated, on Wednesday at night, when an Israeli drone fired a missile at a Palestinian car driving near Abu Taha Fuel Station, in the center of Rafah city, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip. At least two residents were injured, one seriously.
Medical sources reported that the two slain residents were identified as Ashfar Saleh and Anas Abu Al-Einein.
One of the wounded residents is currently in a serious condition at the Gaza European Hospital the Israeli missiles also led to extensive damages to nearby building.
That’s all from Palestine Today; this was the Thursday September 20 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.