Is­raeli sol­diers kill two Pales­tini­ans in W Bank

Pales­tini­ans groups call for ‘day of rage’

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

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

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