Friday, 31 January 2014

15 Palestinians shot in West Bank, Gaza demos: Medics

Israeli soldiers shot and wounded 15 Palestinians near the West Bank town of Ramallah during a protest Friday over the killing of a teenager, Palestinian medics and security sources said.

In Gaza, meanwhile, medics said five more Palestinians were wounded by Israeli army gunfire near the border fence with Israel.

The sources said the Palestinians in the West Bank were hit by live rounds on the outskirts of Jalazun refugee camp and hospitalised in Ramallah, including one with serious injuries.

Hundreds of Palestinians took part in the protest, many of them hurling rocks at the soldiers.

The demonstration was called to protest at the Israeli army's killing on Wednesday of Mohammed Mubarak, a 19-year-old from Jalazun working on a project funded by USAID and son of the camp's locally elected leader.

The army said he was shot dead near a Jewish settlement outside Ramallah after opening fire on them, but witnesses insisted he was unarmed.

Palestinian housing and public works minister Maher Ghneim has condemned what he branded the "cold-blooded killing" of a labourer working on a project run by the ministry in coordination with USAID.

Ghneim said the youth had been "carrying a sign to direct the traffic" when he was shot. more

Israeli airstrikes injure 7 Palestinians in Gaza

GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Seven Palestinians were injured early Friday when Israeli warplanes launched a series of airstrikes on the Gaza Strip, a Ma'an reporter said.

Israeli aircraft attacked a site in northwest Gaza, lightly wounding a child and damaging a number of houses.

Additionally, two missiles targeted an abandoned building near Beisan park in Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip, injuring civilians.

Israeli missiles also struck near a mosque north of Rafah in the southern Gaza strip, injuring four people.

Also in Rafah, Israeli aircraft targeted a military site of al-Qassam Brigades, Hamas' armed wing, without causing injuries.

The injured were taken to hospitals, where medics described their wounds as light to moderate.

Israel's army said in a statement that in response to rockets fired from Gaza into Israel, "aircrafts targeted overnight a terror activity site and a weapon manufacturing facility in the northern Gaza strip and a weapon storage facility in the southern Gaza Strip." more