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Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center, www.imemc.org, for Tuesday February 26th, 2013.
Israel claims a rocket fired from Gaza, and soldiers attack Palestinians civilians with tear gas in northern West Bank. These stories, and more, coming up, stay tuned.
Israel sources reported on Tuesday, that a Grad missile was fired from Gaza into an area close to the industrial zone in the city of Ashkelon (Aaqalan); damage was reported but no injuries.
According to the Israeli Ynet News the Color Red alert system did not sound, and added that an army source said that the alert system did not sound the alarm, as it identified the aimed object as targeting an open area. This is the first shell to be fired from the coastal region into Israel since the Israeli invasion of Gaza in late November 2012.
During that assault, Israeli forces dropped over 1500 bombs in nine days on the besieged coastal enclave of Gaza, resulting in the deaths of 160 Palestinians, many of whom were civilians, women and children — as well as six Israelis, including four civilians. The damage done to Gazan infrastructure during the airstrike is currently estimated at $1.2 billion.
Elsewhere at least ten residents were injured on Tuesday when Israeli troops fired tear gas at Palestinians near Jenin city in northern West Bank.
Local sources said that Israeli soldiers clashed with residents near al Jalama checkpoint after troops closed it and did not allow residents to travel.
In other news Israel has officially transferred 350 Million New Israeli Shekels (NIS) to the Palestinians Authority. The money is Palestinian Tax money Israel collects on border terminal on behalf of P.A. in the West Bank.
The sources said that the decision to transfer the money was made by Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu. The amount is the total amount transferred to the P.A. after Israel deducted 77 M. NIS as part of Palestinian debts owed to the Israeli regional power and water companies.
Israel collects Palestinian Tax money of border terminals as the P.A. does not control, or even have any presence, on borders in the occupied West Bank.
And that’s all for today from the IMEMC News; this was the Tuesday February 26th, 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.