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Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center, www.imemc.org, for Wednesday October 10th, 2012.
Israeli attacks against Gaza Continues, while settlers cut off 300 olive trees owned by Palestinian farmers in central West Bank. These stories and more, coming up, stay tuned.
The Israeli Air Force fired on Wednesday missiles into Beit Lahia town, in the northern part of the Gaza Strip. Several children suffered anxiety attacks. The army also invaded Rafah, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip. Eyewitnesses reported that the bombardment in Beit Lahia led to damages, but led to panic attacks amongst several children.
Also, four Israeli military bulldozers and three tanks, based at the Sofa Israeli Terminal on the border with Gaza, carried out a limited invasion into an area east of Rafah while firing at random.
Armed resistance groups in Gaza claimed responsibility for firing several shells into Sderot town, in the Negev; at least five shells were fired into the area.
From its part Egyptian leadership announced that its is holding talks with different armed groups in Gaza to instate a truce and prevent further escalation with Israel. A senior Egyptian source told local news that Egypt contacted the Israeli side and informed the government of Benjamin Netanyahu that Egypt is completely against an Israeli military offensive against Gaza, and held Netanyahu personally responsible for further escalation.
The source added that Egypt also contacted armed resistance groups in Gaza demanding them to be committed to a truce with Israel in order to prevent Tel Aviv from dragging the entire region into war. The Israeli attacks against Gaza escalated since Sunday. So far Israeli bombardment have claimed the lives of two men and left 11 injured among them children.
In the West Bank today, Palestinian sources reported Wednesday that several extremist Israeli settlers uprooted around 300 olive trees that belong to residents of Al-Mogheer village, east of the central West Bank city of Ramallah. The settlers carried their attack out during the early dawn hours, and fled the scene, local sources reported. According to local sources the attack took place on lands isolated behind the Annexation Wall, and were recently informed that they will have access to their olive orchards to harvest them starting October 15.
The orchards are also located near illegal Israeli settlements that were built on lands that belong to residents of Al-Mogheer and Tormos Ayya villages. Settler attacks against Palestinian villagers and orchards usually escalate during the olive harvest season.
And that’s all for today from the IMEMC News; this was the Wednesday October 10th news round-up 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, Ghassan Bannoura.