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Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center, www.imemc.org, for Wednesday March 20th, 2013.
Settler injures a Palestinian boy near Hebron, and soldiers attack unarmed protesters and arrest 10 of them. These stories, and more, coming up, stay tuned.
As US President Barack Obama arrived for a two day visit to Israel and the Palestinian Territories, hundreds of Palestinian non-violent activists set up a tent village at Bab al Shams (Door to the Sun) to challenge Israeli settlement policy and the US government’s tacit support for settlement expansion.
Bab al Shams is located near the illegal Israeli settlement of Ma’ala Adomim near occupied East Jerusalem.
Activists say that the US government is complicit in Israeli expansion of settlements, which have taken over much of the Palestinian land in the West Bank in the last twenty years.
The Israeli army later in the day surrounded the village and announced the area a closed military zone, activists say troops may remove soon.
In other news Israeli soldiers attacked a nonviolent protest organized at the old city part of Hebron, southern West Bank. People marched demanding the opening of Shuhada street in the old city.
The army closed it 10 years ago to provide security for the illegal Israeli settlements in the area. During the attack today troops arrested 10 activists and left many injured from tear gas inhalation, local sources reported.
Earlier on Wednesday morning also near Hebron, a Palestinian child was injured after he was rammed by an Israeli settler car.
Witnesses said that the boy 4 years old was playing near his home when a settler hit him with his car and fled the scene. Doctors in Hebron city hospital said that boy sustained moderate wounds.
And that’s all for today from the IMEMC News; this was the Wednesday March 20th, 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.