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Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center, www.imemc.org, for Monday October 29th, 2012.
Israel escalates attacks on Gaza, one man killed another injured since Sunday, while in the West Bank Israel’s government approve more settlers’ homes in occupied East Jerusalem. These stories, and more, coming up, stay tuned.
The Israeli air force escalated its attacks. Medical sources reported that one resident was wounded, on Monday morning, after being hit by fragments of a missile fired by the Israeli Air Force into an agricultural land in Al-Karama area, northwest of Gaza City.
On Sunday at dawn, the army assassinated Suleiman Al-Qarra, 27, a member of the Al-Qassam Brigades, and wounded another resident, in an air strike that took place as fighters clashed with soldiers invading an area east of Khan Younis.
The Israeli Air Force carried out, late on Sunday evening, at least four airstrikes targeting different areas in the Gaza Strip causing excessive damage; one injury was reported.
Israeli soldiers killed, over the last week, nine Palestinians, and wounded at least 14 others, some seriously, in a series of air strike and bombardment targeting the coastal region.
From its part the Al-Qassam Brigades fired, on Monday at dawn, several mortars into an Israeli military post across the border with Gaza. The Brigades issued a press release stating that the firing of the shells comes in retaliation to the ongoing Israeli military escalation against the coastal region.
Israeli TV, Channel 2, reported on its webpage that eight missiles were fired from Gaza, on Monday at dawn, and landed in open areas in Eshkol leading to no damages of injuries.
Meanwhile in the West Bank, the Israeli military freed on Monday Hassan Al Safadi, 33, years old, after spending 10 years under military administrative detention.
Al Safadi went on hunger strike early in the year for 93 days then went back and did 73 days of hunger strike when the army refused to release him in July and extended his detention for additional 6 month. Al Safadi was welcomed with celebrations by his family and friends at his hometown Nablus, northern West Bank.
In other news, the Israeli human rights group, Peace Now, reported on Monday that the Israeli state has approved 180 settlers housing units to be build in illegal settlements inside occupied east Jerusalem. According to peace now the houses will be dedicated to soldiers and police officers.
And that’s all for today from the IMEMC News; this was the Monday October 29th 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.