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Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center, for Thursday September 5th, 2013.

Palestinian reissuance fighter is killed in Gaza and Israeli extremists invade Al Aqsa mosque, in Jerusalem’s old city. These stories, and more, coming up, stay tuned.

The Al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of the Hamas movement, has reported that one of its fighters was killed, on Thursday at dawn east of Gaza City.
The Brigades said that the fighter, Mohammad Lutfy Abed, 24, died in what it called a “jihadist mission” east of Gaza city.

Dr. Ashraf Al-Qodra, spokesperson of the Ministry of Health in Gaza, said that the body of Abed was moved to the Shifa Medical Center.

On Monday, a fighter of the Al-Qassam Brigades died when a siege-busting tunnel collapse on him in Rafah, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip.

Elsewhere, Israeli right wing extremists invaded on Thursday at dawn, Al Aqsa mosque, in Jerusalem’s old city. local sources said that around 30 extremists entered inside but were forced out by Palestinian worshipers. Various extremist groups in Israel have called for attacking the Al-Aqsa mosque on the eve of the New Jewish Year, starting Wednesday.

On Wednesday around 50 extremists entered the Al Aqsa mosque along with Israeli soldiers and clashed with Palestinian worshipers inside. Many Palestinian civilians were injured and 50 others were kidnapped by Israeli troops.

In other news, The Ofer Israeli military court sentenced Mohammad Omar Rashed, 17, from Yatta town, near the southern West bank city of Hebron, to 14 years, including five on parole, and ordered him to pay a 6000 NIS fine.

Rashed was kidnapped on March 8 2012 when dozens of Israeli soldiers invaded Yatta town, and killed a resident identified as Zakariyya Abu Arram. Rashed was shot by several rounds of live ammunition in the back and the pelvis, causing serious injuries.

Parts of his intestines have also been removed.
He was violently attacked and beaten by the soldiers after they shot him, as the army claimed that he tried to stab one of the soldiers. Various human rights and legal groups in Palestine denounced the arrest and sentencing of Rashed.

And that’s all for today from the IMEMC News; this was the Thursday September 5th 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 George Rishmawi and me, Ghassan Bannoura.