Pales­tinian woman dies af­ter West Bank stone-throw­ing

Gulf Times - - REGION/ARAB WORLD -

APales­tinian woman died of her wounds af­ter Is­raeli set­tlers in the oc­cu­pied West Bank threw stones at the car she was trav­el­ling in, Pales­tinian se­cu­rity sources and me­dia said yes­ter­day.

An Is­raeli po­lice spokesman con­firmed a car had been hit by stones but did not iden­tify the per­pe­tra­tors.

He said an in­ves­ti­ga­tion was un­der­way but did not give fur­ther de­tails.

Pales­tinian of­fi­cial news agency Wafa iden­ti­fied the pas­sen­ger who died as 48-year-old mother of eight, Aisha Mo­hamed Rabi.

She died in hospi­tal in the north­ern West Bank city of Nablus from a head in­jury sus­tained in the stone-throw­ing in­ci­dent south of the city on Fri­day, Wafa said, cit­ing med­i­cal and Pales­tinian se­cu­rity sources.

Her hus­band, who was driv­ing the car at the time, es­caped with mi­nor in­juries, the same sources said.

Pales­tinian wit­nesses and se­cu­rity sources cited by the news agency said the stones were thrown by Is­raeli set­tlers.

Stone-throw­ing in­ci­dents im­pli­cat­ing Is­raeli set­tlers have risen of late, the Pales­tinian se­cu­rity sources added.

The Is­raeli army has not com­mented on the at­tack.

Ten­sions have been run­ning high in the West Bank over the past week with two at­tacks against Is­raelis.

On Fri­day, Is­raeli forces said they had ar­rested a Pales­tinian on sus­pi­cion of stab­bing and wound­ing an army re­servist on guard duty at a check­point south of Nablus the pre­vi­ous day.

An­other wanted Pales­tinian, who is sus­pected of killing two Is­raeli col­leagues and wound­ing a third in the north­ern West Bank last Sun­day, re­mains on the run.

Is­raeli se­cu­rity forces have iden­ti­fied him as Ashraf Naalwa, 23. A wave of mainly lone-wolf Pales­tinian at­tacks against Is­raelis in the West Bank erupted in 2015 but had largely abated.

Mean­while, thou­sands of Pales­tini­ans at­tended fu­ner­als yes­ter­day for seven young men shot dead a day ear­lier by Is­raeli troops dur­ing fresh demon­stra­tions along the Gaza bor­der, an AFP cor­re­spon­dent said.

Mourn­ers, in­clud­ing lead­ers of the en­clave’s rulers Ha­mas, chanted slo­gans con­demn­ing Is­rael for shoot­ing civil­ians and called on the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity to de­liver jus­tice.

The Is­raeli army said five Pales­tini­ans had been killed dur­ing the protests Fri­day af­ter they broke through the heav­i­ly­guarded bor­der fence and at­tacked an army post.

Army spokesman Jonathan Con­ri­cus said around 20 Pales­tini­ans had crossed the bor­der in an “or­gan­ised at­tack” af­ter an ex­plo­sive de­vice de­stroyed a por­tion of the fence.

About five of those who got through the fence as­saulted an Is­raeli army po­si­tion and were “re­pelled”, he wrote on Twit­ter.

The en­clave’s health min­istry said seven Pales­tini­ans were killed by Is­raeli fire as thou­sands of pro­test­ers ap­proached the heav­ily-guarded Is­raeli bor­der.

Yes­ter­day, the min­istry named the vic­tims as: Ahmed al-Taweel, 27, Mo­hamed Is­mail, 29, Ahmed Abu Naim, 17, Ab­dul­lah Daghma, 25, Afifi Atta Afifi, 18, Tamer Abu Ar­maneh, 25 and Mo­hamed Ab­bas, 21. At least 205 Pales­tini­ans have been killed by Is­raeli fire in Gaza since protests be­gan on March 30.

The ma­jor­ity were killed dur­ing bor­der demon­stra­tions, though oth­ers have died in airstrikes and tank shelling.

One Is­raeli sol­dier has been killed.

The pro­test­ers are de­mand­ing to be al­lowed to re­turn to land now in­side Is­rael, from which their fam­i­lies fled or were dis­placed dur­ing the 1948 war sur­round­ing the cre­ation of the Jewish state. They are also call­ing for Is­rael to end its crip­pling block­ade of the strip.

There had been hopes the protests would ease af­ter a UNbro­kered agree­ment to ease the Strip’s en­ergy cri­sis took ef­fect this week.

Pales­tini­ans carry the body of 48-year-old mother of eight, Aisha Rabi, who died of her wounds af­ter the car she was trav­el­ling in with her hus­band was hit by stones, dur­ing her fu­neral in the West Bank vil­lage of Bidya, near Sal­fit, yes­ter­day.

Rel­a­tives of Pales­tinian Ahmed El Taweel, who was killed the day be­fore dur­ing a protest along the bor­der fence, mourns dur­ing his fu­neral in Nu­seirat camp, in the cen­tral Gaza Strip, yes­ter­day.

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