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Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center,, for Thursday February 7th, 2013.

Israel releases a Palestinian political detainee from Gaza and arrest more civilians from the West Bank. These stories, and more, coming up, stay tuned.

The Israeli military released in Thursday Akram Al Rikhawi from Rafah city in the southern Part of the Gaza Strip. Al Rikhawi was arrested in 2004 by the Israeli military and an army court sentenced him to 9 years. Last year Al Rikhawi did 102 days of hunger strike in protest of his detention conditions and ill treatment by his Israeli captives.

On 22 July 2012 Akram ended his previous hunger strike after an agreement was reached to release him on 25 January 2013, six months prior to his original release date.

Today Al Rikhawi was welcomed by friends and family members at the Eriz crossing between Gaza and Israel; he is married and has eight children.

In Related news , 17 Palestinian residents form the northern West Bank city of Jenin announced today that they are conducting a hunger strike in solidarity with Palestinian political prisoners detained by Israel.

There are at least 10 Palestinian Prisoners being held by Israel now on hunger strike. They are demanding Israel to stop its ill-treatment and stop using the administrative detention policy against Palestinian political detainees.

Meanwhile in the West Bank on Thursday, Israeli forces conducted a number of dawn invasions tragting West Bank communities and arrested six Palestinian civilians. Palestinian sources reported invasions in Hebron and Bethlehem cities as well as Nablus city.

The Israeli army announced that all those arrested were moved to military detention centers for questioning and gave no reasons for the arrests.

And that’s all for today from the IMEMC News; this was the Thursday February 7th, 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.