Friday, 4 December 2015

2 Palestinians injured by Israeli artillery fire in southern Gaza

Two Palestinians were injured in southern Gaza on Friday after reports of shelling in the area by Israeli military forces, medical officials said.

Ashraf al-Qidra, spokesperson of the Ministry of Health, told Ma'an that two youths were injured by shrapnel from shells fired by Israel's military in the al-Fukhari area east of Khan Younis.

Both unidentified youths were taken to the European Hospital for treatment for moderate injuries.

An Israeli army spokesperson said two Palestinian suspects breached the buffer zone and approached the security fence. Israeli forces fired warning shots in the air before using live fire and tank rounds against the suspects.

Meanwhile, shots were fired at an Israeli military vehicle in the southern Gaza Strip, causing damage to the windshield, the spokesperson added. more

2 Palestinian teenagers killed in Hebron after stabbing attack

Israeli forces shot and killed two Palestinian teenagers in Hebron overnight Friday after an alleged stabbing attack on an Israeli soldier, Israel's army and locals said.

"Overnight two assailants stabbed an IDF soldier in Hebron. In response to the threat, forces fired at the attackers, resulting in their death. A soldier was moderately wounded," an Israeli army spokesperson told Ma'an.

Palestinian sources identified the victims to Ma'an as cousins Taher Faysal Fannoun, 19, a student at Hebron University, and Faysal Abd al-Minem Fannoun, 15.

Witnesses in the Tel Rumeida area where the incident took place reported seeing two bodies on the ground after hearing gunshots after midnight.

Israeli authorities said that the two youths were searched as they crossed a checkpoint in Tel Rumeida but later returned and stabbed a soldier in the face before other Israeli soldiers shot them dead.

At least 109 Palestinians have been killed since Oct. 1. more