El­derly Pales­tinian woman shot dead by Is­raeli army

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JERUSALEM: The Is­raeli army shot dead two Pales­tini­ans yes­ter­day, one an el­derly woman ac­cused of try­ing to run over sol­diers in the oc­cu­pied West Bank and the other a man who took part in a vi­o­lent Gaza Strip protest.

Sep­a­rately, three Is­raelis were wounded in the West Bank, two of them shot near the Cave of the Pa­tri­archs, a shrine holy to Mus­lims and Jews in the city of He­bron, and a third stabbed out­side the Jewish set­tle­ment of Beit El, the mil­i­tary said.

Searches are un­der way for their as­sailants, it added.

The in­ci­dents were the lat- est in a five-week-old cam­paign of Pales­tinian street at­tacks, fu­elled in part by Mus­lim ag­i­ta­tion at stepped-up Jewish vis­its to a con­tested Jerusalem holy site, as well as by long-dead­locked peace­mak­ing with Is­rael.

Eleven Is­raelis have been killed in stab­bings, shoot­ings or other at­tacks dur­ing the pe­riod. Is­raeli forces have shot dead at least 71 Pales­tini­ans, in­clud­ing 42 who Is­rael claims were car­ry­ing out or about to carry out at­tacks. Many were teenagers.

Near He­bron, a 72-year-old Pales­tinian woman tried to ram her car into a group of Is­raeli sol­diers, a mil­i­tary spokes­woman al­leged.

They opened fire and wounded the woman, who was taken to an Is­raeli hospi­tal. The hospi­tal said she died en route.

In Gaza, rock-throw­ing pro­test­ers gath­ered near the bor­der fence with Is­rael and were fired on by troops on the other side. Medics said a Pales­tinian was killed. The Is­raeli army said it opened fire at “in­sti­ga­tors” among the Pales­tini­ans af­ter they tried to breach the fence and ig­nored warn­ing shots.

An­other Pales­tinian, from the mi­nor­ity Chris­tian com- mu­nity, was crit­i­cally hurt by Is­raeli army fire dur­ing a vi­o­lent protest in the West Bank city of Beth­le­hem, medics said.

The vi­o­lence has been the worst since the Gaza war last year, with Is­raeli forces hard­put to an­tic­i­pate of­ten spon­ta­neous at­tacks by young Pales­tini­ans un­af­fil­i­ated to mil­i­tant groups.

Though peace talks have been stalled since the mid­dle of last year, the US-backed Pales­tinian ad­min­is­tra­tion in the West Bank has been qui­etly co­op­er­at­ing on se­cu­rity with Is­rael, while pub­licly crit­i­cis­ing the Is­raeli crack­downs as heavy-handed. – Reuters

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