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Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center, www.imemc.org, for Monday April 01, 2013
Several Israeli settler attacks were reported over the weekend with some Palestinians hospitalized, this and more are coming up, stay tuned.
The Wadi Hilweh Information Center in Silwan, in occupied East Jerusalem, reported that a group of settlers attacked a Palestinian child in Ash-Sharaf neighbourhood as he was heading to school, causing various injuries that required hospitalization.
The center said that Sultan Al-Kiswani, 16, was walking from home to the Al-Rasheediyya school in Jerusalem when the settlers attacked him, and was moved to a local clinic before being moved to the Sant Joseph Hospital in Sheikh Jarrah.
Israeli settlers have also assaulted Palestinian shepherds and farmers near the Palestinian town of Yatta in the southern part of the West Bank.
A number of armed Israeli settlers threatened to shoot at the farmers and prevented them to enter their land to farm it. Settlers chased them in the fields for some kilometres, however no injuries were reported.
Israeli settler attacks on unarmed Palestinians are frequent, due to the lack of accountability by the state of Israel. An 80-year old Palestinian man was admitted to hospital on Friday as he was attacked by Israeli settlers while working in his land in the village of Kafr al-Labad near Qalqilia.
Palestinian medical sources said the man is identified as Hasan Barhoush and he remains in serious condition and will likely require surgery.
In other news, a report by the Palestinian Ministry of detainees and ex-detainees affairs indicated that there are around 25 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails who suffer from cancer.
Palestinian minister of detainees affairs Issa Qaraqe’ said one of the prisoners, Maisara Abu Hamdiyya, 62 is suffering from throat cancer and is being hospitalized at the Soroka Israeli hospital in Be’er As-Sabe’ (Beersheba). Qaraqe’ said Abu Hamdiyya is in a serious health condition and there are extensive effort on the part of the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Salam Fayyad to get him released, however no success so far.
Additionally, efforts by Palestinian prisoners inside the Israeli jails are also being invested to get him released. Around 21 Palestinian detainees decided to start a hunger Strike on Sunday demanding the release of Abu Hamdiyya in addition to a number of required enhancements to the living conditions.
And that’s all for today from the IMEMC News; this was the Monday April 01st news round-up from the Occupied Palestinian Territories. We would like to wish you a Happy Easter on behalf of the IMEMC News team. 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, George Rishmawi.