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Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center, www.imemc.org, for Tuesday, July 14th, 2015.
Israeli soldiers attack farmers and fishermen in Gaza, and the Israeli detain and release a freed political prisoner from Jenin. These stories, and more, coming up, stay tuned.
Israeli navy ships attacked, on Tuesday morning, several fishing boats in Palestinian waters near Gaza city, while Israeli soldiers opened fire on farmlands and homes, in central Gaza.
The navy fired dozens of rounds of live ammunition on fishing boats in the Sudaniyya Sea, northwest of Gaza city, causing damage to at least one boat. The fishers had to sail to shore fearing additional Israeli fire, no injuries were reported.
In related news, soldiers stationed across the border fence, opened fire on Palestinian farmers in their own lands, east of the al-Boreij refugee camp, in central Gaza. The soldiers also targeted a number of nearby homes, causing damage but no injuries.
On Tuesday at dawn, Israeli authorities have released Khader Adnan for the second time in two days after midnight after briefly re-arresting the veteran Palestinian hunger striker in East Jerusalem, just a day after he was released from 11 months in prison.
He was detained on Monday evening as he was heading into Jerusalem’s Old City to take part in Laylat al-Qader prayers and it was found that he did not have the necessary permits. Laylat al-Qader, meaning the Night of Destiny, takes place toward the end of the holy month of Ramadan, and according to Muslim belief marks the night the first verses of the Quran were revealed to the prophet Muhammad.
Thousands of Palestinians were expected to visit Al-Aqsa mosque compound to mark the occasion, although Israel laid down stringent access restrictions ahead of it. All Palestinian men between the ages of 12 and 30 were denied entry into occupied East Jerusalem, while men between the ages of 30 and 50 required Israeli permits. Women between 16 and 30 also required permits to enter the city.
The Israeli authorities previously agreed to release Adnan in the early hours of Sunday after they struck a deal to end a 55-day hunger strike he began in June to protest the Israeli practice of administrative detention.
He was detained in July last year and sentenced to administrative detention for the 10th time in his life. His hunger strike, which brought him near death by the time it concluded last month, was the second he undertook, following a 66-day long hunger strike in 2012.
And that’s all for today from the IMEMC News; this was the Tuesday, July 14th, 2015 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 Ghassan Bannoura.