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Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center, www.imemc.org for Wednesday September 4th, 2013.
Israeli settlers and troops attack residents in East Jerusalem leaving many injured and political detainees halt their hunger strike. These stories, and more, coming up, stay tuned.
Palestinian medical sources in occupied Jerusalem have reported that several children and women were among the injured after extremist Israelis broke into the yards of the Al-Aqsa Mosque since early dawn hours Wednesday.
The sources said that a Palestinian child, identified as Ahmad Sa’id Marar, 11, was shot by a rubber-coated metal bullet, while several women in the mosque were injured after being sprayed with pepper spray.
Witnesses said that least 50 Israeli extremists broke into the Al-Aqsa mosque, in small groups, and that dozens of Israeli police officers invaded the yards of the mosque through that Al-Magharba Gate, and chased Muslim worshipers who tried to stop extremists from invading the mosque through that area.
One of the workers of the Al-Aqsa mosque stated that the Israeli army and police kidnapped more than 50 Palestinians in the Al-Aqsa Mosque, after the police broke into it and dragged the residents out. Dozens of Israeli troops and officers were deployed in the old city of Jerusalem as tension among residents remains high.
Various extremist groups in Israel have called for attacking the Al-Aqsa mosque on the eve of the New Jewish Year, today Wednesday. The call pushed hundreds of Palestinian to flock to the mosque in an attempt to stop the extremists.
In other news, the Palestinian Political Prisoners Society, announced on Wednesday that three political detainees held by the Israeli army have stopped their hunger strike.
According to the society, Adel Ihrebat and brothers Ayman and Mohamed Itbeish, diced to end their strike they starred in protest of the Israeli army administrative detention law. Adel and Ahmad started their protest movie in May, while Mohamed joined them in July.
Israel’s military uses the so called administrative detention policy to hold Palestinians for longer times without charges or court cases. So far the Israeli army holds captive 5,500 Palestinian political detainees, scores under administrative detention.
And that’s all for today from the IMEMC News; this was the Wednesday September 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 George Rishmawi and me, Ghassan Bannoura.