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Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center, www.imemc.org, for Tuesday February 12th, 2013.

Israeli troops takeover a Palestinian home in the west Bank and arrest man at the Gaza borders. These stories, and more, coming up, stay tuned.

Palestinian political detainee Samer Issawi’s lawyers announced today that he is in a critical condition after 195 days on hunger strike in an Israeli prison.

Fadi Abedat, a lawyer for the Palestinian Ministry of Prisoner Affairs, who visited Issawi at Ramle prison clinic, said that Issawi has severe leg, kidney, head and chest pains and a slow pulse.

He is unable to move or sleep, the ministry said in a statement. According to the lawyer Issawi weight had dropped to 46 kg and he was struggling to speak.

Issawi was released back in Oct. 2011 during the prisoner swap deal between Palestinian resistance groups and Israel. On July of this year Issawi was arrested again by the Israeli army.

In other news Israeli troops stormed the village of Yabad near the northern West Bank city of Jenin and took over a Palestinian house under construction.
Residents said that troops took over the house of Amien Abu Baker and are using it as a military base. The workers said that soldiers threatened them either they leave the area or face force by troops.

Elsewhere Israeli troops arrested on Tuesday a Palestinian civilian at the Erez crossing between the Gaza Strip and Israel.

Muhammad Abu Daka, 31, was going with his mom back to their home in Gaza after she got medical treatment in Israel. Palestinian sources said that troops detained Abu Daka and took him to unknown location.

And that’s all for today from the IMEMC News; this was the Tuesday February 12th, 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.

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