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Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center,, for Thursday October 18th, 2012.

Israeli aerial bombardment targeting Gaza continues and the government to legalize settlements in occupied West Bank. These stories, and more, coming up, stay tuned.

The Israeli army, bombarded Thursday a former security base south of Gaza City causing excessive damage.

The Palestinian Information Center reported that an Israeli F-16 war jet fired one missile into the former Third Platoon security base, north of Ash-Shuhada junction, south of Gaza City. The missile caused damage but no injuries.

One hour after the first strike, the army fired another missile into the base causing further damage; no casualties were reported.

Yesterday at dawn, the Israeli Air Force carried out two strikes targeting two centers used by fighters of the Al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of the Hamas movement. The shelling led to excessive damage but no injuries.

Elsewhere the Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) reported that hunger striking Palestinian detainee, Mohammad At-Taj, imprisoned by Israel is facing deteriorating health conditions and requires urgent specialized medical attention.

The PPS said that At-Taj spends 17 hours a day on a respirator, and is suffering from several complications and infections in his lungs. It is worth mentioning that more than 204 Palestinians died in Israeli prisons, since 1967, and detention centers due to the lack of adequate medical attention and extreme torture.

In other news, Israeli media sources reported that Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, intends to submit recommendations for “legalizing” illegal Israeli settlement outpost, built on privately-owned Palestinian lands in the West Bank.

Netanyahu will soon be submitting the recommendation to his ministerial council; once approved, illegal and random Israeli settlement outposts in the occupied West Bank , including in and around occupied East Jerusalem, will be considered “legal’ under Israeli law and will start receiving services from the government.

Netanyahu is trying to implement recommendations made by a retired judge, identified as Edmond Levi, regarding legal measures concerning the legalization of random outposts. Levi claimed that Israel is not an occupying country, and must ease what he called “restrictions imposed on Jewish settlers living in the West Bank”.

And that’s all for today from the IMEMC News; this was the Thursday October 18 news round-up from the Occupied Palestinian Territories. For more news and updates please visit our website at Today’s report has been brought to you by Hussam Qassis and me, Ghassan Bannoura.