Three Pales­tini­ans shot dead

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

JERUSALEM: A Pales­tinian stabbed and killed an Is­raeli at a petrol sta­tion in the Is­raeli-oc­cu­pied West Bank yes­ter­day, and in Jerusalem two Pales­tinian girls at­tacked and slightly wounded an el­derly man with scis­sors be­fore a po­lice­man shot them both, killing one. In a day of rapidly un­fold­ing violence, the lat­est in an eight-week surge of stab­bings, shoot­ings and car ram­mings, a Pales­tinian was also shot dead near the West Bank city of Nablus af­ter ap­proach­ing sol­diers with a knife, the mil­i­tary said.

The Pales­tinian health min­istry said the shot Pales­tinian was 16. It said an 18-year-old Pales­tinian woman was crit­i­cally wounded in the in­ci­dent, but had no fur­ther de­tails. The at­tack in Jerusalem occurred on Jaffa Road, a busy down­town street near the mar­ket. Two Pales­tinian girls, one aged 14 and the other 16, used scis­sors to stab and slightly wound a 70-year-old man, who turned out to be Pales­tinian, not Is­raeli. Video on YNet, a pop­u­lar Is­raeli news web­site, seemed cer­tain to raise ques­tions over whether a pass­ing po­lice­man used ex­ces­sive force to sub­due the teenagers af­ter the at­tack.

At the petrol sta­tion in the West Bank, on the side of a road reg­u­larly used by Is­raelis to drive be­tween Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, a Pales­tinian stabbed two Is­raelis, killing one of them, be­fore he was shot dead by sol­diers. Gun­fire from the troops hit a pass­ing car, slightly in­jur­ing its Is­raeli driver. The in­ci­dents occurred a day be­fore US Sec­re­tary of State John Kerry was due to visit Is­rael and the Pales­tinian ter­ri­to­ries to dis­cuss ways to try to stem the violence.

Eighty-six Pales­tini­ans have been killed in the spate of violence since Oct 1, some while car­ry­ing out at­tacks and oth­ers in clashes with Is­raeli forces. Twenty Is­raelis and an Amer­i­can stu­dent have been killed by Pales­tini­ans, ei­ther in stab­bings, shoot­ings or pur­pose­fully run down by ve­hi­cles. It is the worst violence to strike the re­gion since the Gaza war last year, fu­elling talk of a new Pales­tinian up­ris­ing, or In­tifada, against Is­rael’s oc­cu­pa­tion. The first in­tifada lasted from 1987-1993 and the sec­ond from 2000-2005, al­though both were far more in­tense and deadly than the cur­rent violence.— Reuters

KHIR­BIT AL-MIS­BAH: Is­raeli sol­diers stand next to the body of a Pales­tinian man who was shot dead by se­cu­rity forces at a gas sta­tion on a main road be­tween Jerusalem and Tel Aviv yes­ter­day. —AFP

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