Pales­tinian held in woman’s death

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JERUSALEM — Is­raeli po­lice said Satur­day that they ar­rested a Pales­tinian sus­pect in the killing of a young Is­raeli woman, as thou­sands of peo­ple in Gaza buried two Pales­tini­ans killed by Is­raeli fire a day ear­lier in protests along the perime­ter fence.

The po­lice said Arafat Ar­paya, 29, was ar­rested in Ra­mal­lah, the seat of the Pales­tinian Au­thor­ity, but orig­i­nally comes from the south­ern West Bank city of Hebron. The po­lice did not say when the ar­rest took place and said the mo­tive for the killing was still un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

The stabbed body of Ori Ans­bacher, 19, was found in the woods in the West Bank near Jerusalem on Thurs­day. She was buried Fri­day in the Is­raeli set­tle­ment of Tekoa.

In the Ha­mas-ruled Gaza Strip, thou­sands of mourn­ers at­tended the funer­als of the Pales­tinian teenagers.

The mother of 14-year-old Has­san Sha­l­abi wailed as mourn­ers took his body on a stretcher for a fi­nal farewell at their home in the Nus­seirat refugee camp.

The two teenagers were stand­ing 160-200 feet from the fence at sep­a­rate protests when they were shot by Is­raeli forces, ac­cord­ing to rights group al-Mezan.

In Gaza City, mourn­ers buried Hamza Ishtiwi. The Health Min­istry put his age at 18, but al-Mezan said he was 17.

Gaza’s Ha­mas rulers have or­ga­nized mass demon­stra­tions along the fron­tier ev­ery Fri­day since March, in part to protest against the Is­raeli and Egyp­tian block­ade on the ter­ri­tory im­posed when the Is­lamic mil­i­tant group seized power in 2007. Dozens of Pales­tini­ans have been killed and thou­sands have been wounded.

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