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Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center,, for Monday March 18th, 2013.

Troops attack residents in southern West Bank and political detainees held by Israel announced hunger strike. These stories, and more, coming up, stay tuned.

Dozens of residents were treated for the effects of tear gas inhalation on Monday during clashes that erupted between local youth and Israeli troops at Al Aroub refugee camp to the north of the southern West Bank city of Hebron.

Local sources reported that Israeli soldiers stormed the entrance of the camp and fired tear gas at residents then local youth responded by hurling stones at them.

Medical sources said that dozens of residents received treatments for the effects of tear gas inhalation. Last week Israeli troops shot and killed a local journalist during clashes at Al Aroub refugee camp.

Also in southern West Bank, Palestinian protesters set fire to US President Barak Obama’s photos on Monday in the city of Bethlehem, local sources reported.

Speaking to the local radio station Bethlehem 2000, one of the protesters said that the act is symbolic adding that they replaced Obama’s photos with signs demanding an end to the Israeli occupation and freedom for Palestinian political detainees as well as the freeze of settlement construction on Palestinian lands in the West Bank.

In other news, Palestinian political detainee held by Israel at the Nafha military detention center announced on Monday that they will hold a one day hunger strike on Tuesday.

The prisoners announced that they are protesting the Israeli ongoing ill-treatment and in solidarity with Samir Essawi, who is on hunger strike since seven months.

And that’s all for today from the IMEMC News; this was the Monday March 18th, 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.