Israeli soldiers kill two Palestinians in W Bank
Palestinians groups call for ‘day of rage’
JERUSALEM: Two Palestinians rammed their cars into Israeli soldiers in the occupied West Bank yesterday, injuring seven, before being killed, raising this week’s death toll from Palestinian-Israeli violence to 11. In the first attack, a Palestinian drove into two soldiers at a bus station near Kfar Adumim settlement, northeast of Jerusalem, and was shot dead, police said. Police identified him as Fadi Hassib, from Ramallah, whose brother was shot dead on Sunday after ramming his car into Israelis before charging at them with a knife.
Israel’s Magen David Adom emergency medical service said the two soldiers hit yesterday were taken to hospital in Jerusalem with light to moderate injuries. A senior police officer said the assailant got out of his car and started to run before he was shot dead by a civilian. Several hours later, another Palestinian was shot dead after driving his car into a group of soldiers, injuring five close to Beit Ummar settlement near Hebron in the southern West Bank, an army spokesman said. He identified the attacker as 20-year-old Omar Zaatik. Yesterday’s incidents are the latest in a wave of unrest that has shaken Israel and the Palestinian territories since early October. They raise the number of Palestinians killed since Oct 1 to nearly 100, including an Israeli Arab. Over half of them have been alleged perpetrators of stabbing, shooting and car ramming attacks aimed at Israeli civilians and security forces. Others have died in clashes with security forces. The violence has also left 17 Israelis, an American and an Eritrean dead. Ten Palestinians and one Israeli soldier have been killed since the start of this week.
Each Friday, Palestinian movements headed by Islamist movement Hamas call for a “day of rage”, which escalates into clashes between Palestinian youths throwing stones and Molotov cocktails and Israeli security forces who respond by shooting real or rubber-coated bullets and tear gas. Yesterday, clashes were reported across the occupied territories, wounding several people, according to the Red Cross which had yet to compile a full tally. The international community has regularly urged Israelis and Palestinians to take measures to ease the unrest. — AFP
AL-ARUB: Palestinian mourners carry the body of Khaled Jawabreh, 19, who was killed in clashes with Israeli security forces, during his funeral in this West Bank refugee camp yesterday. — AFP