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Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center, www.imemc.org, for Monday March 4th, 2013.

Israeli troops arrest 17 Palestinians during dawn invasions and political detainees implement a one day hunger strike. These stories, and more, coming up, stay tuned.

Palestinian Minister of Detainees, Issa Qaraqe’, stated on Monday that the Palestinian detainees in the Galboa’ Israeli prison, are holding a one-day hunger strike, as an initial step, part of activities in support of hunger striking detainees, and to protest the ongoing Israeli violations.

Qaraqe’ said that 120-140 detainees in Galboa’ declared strike and returned their meals as part of further steps that also comes in retaliation to the death of detainee Arafat Jaradat who was tortured to death.

Jaradat, 33, from Sa’er town, near Hebron city, was kidnapped by the army on February 18, and was subject to extreme torture that led to his death in an Israeli interrogation facility on Saturday February 23, 2013.

Furthermore, Qaraqe’ said that, on Sunday at night, the army broke into Section 11 of the Negev Detention Camp, and attacked several detainees.

In other news seventeen Palestinians were arrested on Monday by Israeli troops during morning and dawn invasions targeting a number of west Bank communities.

Palestinian sources said that Israeli troops invaded southern West Bank city of Hebron and the nearby al Aroub town, searched homes then arrested 11 men and took them to unknown location.

Also in southern west Bank Israeli troops stormed the city of Bethlehem and arrested a young man after searching his home. Meanwhile in the northern west Bank city of Jenin Israeli soldiers searched homes and arrested two men. Another four men were taken by Israeli soldiers during a invasions targeting the nearby Qalqilia city.

Later on Monday clashes erupted between local youth and Israeli soldiers at the southern entrance of Jenin city. Local sources said that Israeli soldiers used tear gas and rubber-coated steel bullets against the unarmed Palestinian youth. No injuries or arrests were reported.

Over the weekend a group of fundamentalist Israeli settlers assaulted, on Sunday, thee Palestinian schoolchildren in Jaba’ village, north of occupied East Jerusalem. The three are brothers; this is the second attack against them since Thursday.

Mahmoud Abu Ghaya, a resident of the Al-Jahaleen Bedouin village, stated that the setters attacked three schoolchildren while walking to school inflicting various injuries.

The army arrived at the scene and prevented Yahia Habayeb, a local reporter working for the Ajyal Radio, from documenting the attack, and confiscated his camera.

And that’s all for today from the IMEMC News; this was the Monday March 4th, 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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