Tuesday, 20 October 2015

2 Palestinians killed in Hebron after alleged stab attack on soldier

Israeli forces shot and killed two Palestinians in Hebron on Tuesday evening after an alleged stabbing attack at a military checkpoint, Israel's army said. "Two suspects approached a military post in Hebron, one of the assailants stabbed a soldier, with forces shooting both suspects," an Israeli army spokesperson said. The suspects were both killed, and an Israeli soldier lightly injured. The incident took place at a checkpoint near the Rajabi house in the H2 area in the center of the city. Witnesses said dozens of settlers from the Kiryat Arba settlement attempted to march to the area following the shooting, but were blocked by Israeli forces. more

One dead, two hurt in alleged Gush Eztion car ramming attack

A PALESTINIAN man was shot dead this afternoon (Tuesday) after his car ran into a soldier and a civilian.

The incident happened at the Gush Eztion Junction toward Jerusalem in the West Bank. Israeli media has reported that the car smashed into the two pedestrians before hitting a concrete barrier.

It is alleged that he got out of the car with a knife in his hand, before a soldier from the Kfir Brigade opened fire, shooting him fatally in the head.

Magen David Adom paramedics that arrived at the scene treated a man aged about 20 and another aged about 30 who had been lightly wounded and took them to Hadassah University Hospital, Ein Karem.

It is the latest event in a surge of protest and violence between Israel and Palestine, which started on 1st October.

Thousands have been injured, and the current death toll is at 48 Palestinians (including ten children) and seven Israelis. more

1 Palestinian killed, 14 injured in Gaza border clashes

Israeli forces shot and killed a Palestinian, and injured nine others with live fire on Tuesday during clashes on the border of the northern and central Gaza Strip, a medical official said.

Ashraf al-Qidra, spokesperson for the Ministry of Health in Gaza, said Ahmad al-Sarhi, 27, was shot dead east of the al-Bureij refugee camp. Six others were injured with live fire.

In northern Gaza, eight Palestinians were injured near the Erez crossing. Three Palestinians were shot and injured with live fire and five others suffered injuries from tear gas, at least one of which was hit with a tear gas canister.

Israeli authorities closed the Erez crossing following the clashes.

An Israeli army spokesperson said Israeli forces "identified terrorists preparing to attack forces carrying out defensive activities in southern Gaza Strip," on the border. The spokesperson said Israeli forces "foiled the attack, firing towards the snipers and hits were confirmed." more

Palestinian youth shot-dead in Hebron district, number of martyrs hits 47

A PALESTINIAN youth was shot-dead in the head by Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) in Beit Awwa village, south of Hebron district, under Israeli claims that he tried to stab a soldier.

Odai Masalmeh (24) was shot dead during clashes that erupted in the village since the morning, and was announced dead in the Hebron governmental hospital.

The ministry of health said that he died immediately after he was shot with gunfire from zero distance, that penetrated his head, in addition to multiple bullets in his legs. more

Israel destroys home of Palestinian convicted of killing Israeli

Israeli forces overnight Monday destroyed the home belonging to the family of a Palestinian prisoner convicted of stabbing to death an Israeli settler last year.

Locals told Ma'an that a large number of Israeli troops stormed the third-story apartment belonging to Mahir Hamdi Hashlamoun in the Zaytoun outskirts of Hebron in the southern West Bank shortly after midnight.

They then forcibly evicted the family before beginning controlled demolitions inside the apartment.

"I wanted to tell everybody that they shouldn't feel angry because we are happy with this, as we had endowed this house to God and we now believe that the endowment has been accepted," Hashlamoun's wife said in an interview with a local radio station.

She added: "The enemy won't find a way to ruin our happiness, and all we are concerned about is Mahir’s release, so pray for him."

Hashlamoun was detained in November after he ran over and then stabbed to death an Israeli woman near the Gush Etzion settlement bloc south of Bethlehem last November. Hashlamoun wounded two other people before an Israeli security guard shot and wounded him. more