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Palestine Today 110308

IMEMC News | 04.11.2008 10:33 | Anti-racism | Other Press | Social Struggles | World

Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center for Monday November 03.2008

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The Israeli military invaded this morning the Alfar'a refugee camp in the West Bank, wounding three four residents including a senior woman. Meanwhile, Palestinian factions are set to head for Cairo to attend a national unity conference. These news and more are coming up, stay tuned.

Early this morning, at least 40 Israeli armored vehicles invaded the Alfar'a refugee camp near the West Bank city of Tubas, wounding three residents including an elderly woman.

Witnesses said that the Israeli soldiers have been deployed in the camp, firing gas canisters and ransacking homes, causing the suffocation of an elderly woman, while at her house.

The soldiers were reportedly shot and wounded three other residents, Palestinian media sources said.

Palestinian governor of Tubas, Sami Msallam, decried the Israeli invasion as an attempt by the Israeli military occupation to sabotage the Palestinian Authority's security services actions for security and order across the West Bank.

In the Gaza Strip, sources at the Hamas party believed that upcoming national unity talks in Cairo can not succeed unless the political arrests by Fatah-allied security forces against Hamas members and supporters in the West Bank come to a halt.

Hamas's spokesperson, Ismail Redwan, believed that the ' security coordination' between the Fatah-linked Palestinian security services and Israel' will overshadow the upcoming dialogue.

In the meantime, King of Jordan , Abdullah II, urged both Fatah and Hamas to end their division and come out with a national unity government during the next Sunday's conference of national unity, sponsored by Egypt.

In another news, a delegation of eight European lawmakers managed to visit the Gaza Strip on Monday, after they were denied access via Egypt-controlled terminal crossing of Rafah on southern Gaza-Egypt border lines earlier this week.

Israel has placed the Gaza Strip under a crippling border crossings closure since June2007, after Hamas seized control of the region.

Since then both Hamas and Fatah parties have been at odds, with Hamas having its own government in Gaza and Fatah establishing its own rule in the West Bank.

Thank you for joining us from occupied Bethlehem. You have been listening to Palestine Today from the International Middle East Media Center, This report has been brought to you by Rami Al-Meghari, and Husam Qassis

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