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Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center, www.imemc.org, for Wednesday November 21st, 2012.
150 Palestinians killed by Israeli bombardment targeting Gaza as attacks enter its eighths day and protests continue all over the West Bank. These stories, and more, coming up, stay tuned.
Israel’s military continued attacks on Gaza entered its eighth day, the Palestinian health ministry in the coastal region announced that 150 Palestinian were killed and some 1300 other were injured by the Israeli aerial, sea and ground bombardment.
The Israeli military has reported dropping over 100 bombs on Gaza overnight Tuesday and into Wednesday, including government buildings and media offices. The Abu Khadra government building in Gaza City was hit repeatedly, and the headquarters of Agence France Presse in Gaza City was also bombed.
The Al Jazeer a office in Gaza City was damaged, and Press TV reports that its correspondent Akram al-Sattari was injured. One airstrike on Wednesday morning hit a group of civilians next to Shafi mosque.
Meanwhile Israeli media sources reported Wednesday that 21 Israelis have been injured in an explosion that took place, on Wednesday afternoon, in a bus in Tel Aviv; one of the wounded is in a serious condition. According to initial reports two men throw a bomb at a bus near the Israeli defense ministry in Tel Aviv. No further information was provided and no Palestinian group claimed responsibility.
In the West Bank today Hundreds of Palestinian youths held a massive protest against U.S. Secretary Of State, Hilary Clinton, who visited the central West Bank city of Ramallah and held a meeting with Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas. Protesters were angered by Clinton comments yesterday in Tal Aviv when she said that Israeli have the right to defend itself.
In other places in the West Bank and for the eighth day in row local youth continued to protest and clashes with Israeli troops at the Israeli wall surrounding the West Bank and nearby Israeli military checkpoints. Clashes were reported around Ramallah city, central West Bank, Nablus and Jenin, in the north, as well as Bethlehem and Hebron, southern West Bank. Soldiers responded by firing tear gas, chemical water, and live ammunition. Mohamed was one of the youth protesting near the wall in Bethlehem:
Meanwhile, inside West Bank cities activists continue to organize sit ins and prayers in solidarity with Gaza. Abed Al Fatah Abu Srour is one of the organizers:
Near the Israeli wall in Bethlehem city, as night falls clashes continue – as is the case in many other Palestinian cities. Protesters say they are not going to stop until the attack on Gaza stops.
And that’s all for today from the IMEMC News; this was the Wednesday November 21st, 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.