Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center, www.imemc.org, for Wednesday, September, 21, 2016.
Israeli troops injuries a child at a West Bank checkpoint, meanwhile hunger striking detainees reach a deal to end their protest. These stories, and more, coming up, stay tuned.
A Palestinian child was shot and wounded by the Israeli military Wednesday morning when she allegedly failed to heed a soldier’s order to ‘stop’ as she approached a military roadblock. Israeli troops then locked down the roadblock and transported the wounded child to the Meir Hospital in Kfar Sava.
The child was shot at a roadblock near the illegal Israeli settlement of Alfei Menashe, near Qalqilia in the northern part of the West Bank.
She is the niece of a 24-year old Palestinian woman who was killed in November at a military roadblock in the same area. In that incident, 24-year old Rasha ‘Oweissi approached the roadblock from afar, holding a knife in her hand and a suicide letter in her bag. She was shot by a soldier while she was still at least 30 feet away from the roadblock.
Following Wednesday’s shooting of the young girl, the Israeli military claimed that the girl “told them during interrogation” that she had “come there to die” – but Israeli military initial reports on incidents are usually discredited soon after they are made. The child had no weapon anywhere on her body or in any of her belongings.
Moreover, The Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) has reported that Israeli soldiers kidnapped, on Wednesday at dawn, twenty-one Palestinians, during extensive invasions and searches of homes in different parts of the occupied West Bank.
In other news, the head of the Palestinian Detainees Committee Issa Qaraqe has reported that an agreement was reached for the release of hunger striking detainees for over two months Mohammad Balboul, Mahmoud Balboul and Malek al-Qadi, after Israel agreed not to renew their illegal Administrative Detention.
The detainees reached near-death conditions, going in and out of coma, and faced very serious health deterioration, yet remained determined to continue their hunger strike in protest of their illegal Administrative Detention, without any charges or trial.
And that’s all for today from the IMEMC News; this was the Wednesday, September, 21, 2016, news round-up from the Occupied Palestinian Territories. From 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.