Monday, 7 December 2015

Palestinian shot dead after stabbing Israeli in Hebron

A Palestinian youth was shot dead after he allegedly stabbed and critically wounded an Israeli man near the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron's Old City on Monday afternoon, Israeli and Palestinian sources said.

Israeli police spokesperson Micky Rosenfeld said Israeli Border Police shot the Palestinian after he stabbed an Israeli man in his 40s.

The Israeli was evacuated to Shaare Zedek hospital in Jerusalem for medical treatment in critical condition. Rosenfeld was unable to confirm whether the Palestinian was still alive, but local sources in Hebron told Ma'an he had died from his wounds.

The area around the mosque -- the site of a number of deadly encounters recently -- was afterward closed off by Israeli police forces.

The Ibrahimi Mosque is sacred to both Muslims and Jews, who refer to it as the Tomb of the Patriarchs.

It has been surrounded by a series of tightly controlled checkpoints since 1994, when a US-born Israeli settler, Baruch Goldstein, massacred 29 Palestinians inside the mosque. more

Israel launches airstrikes on northern Gaza Strip

Israeli military forces launched airstrikes on the northern Gaza Strip on Monday, targeting a training site used by Hamas' military wing, locals and Israel's army said.

Witnesses told Ma'an that Israeli warplanes fired two missiles at the Tunis military training ground, reportedly used by the Al-Qassam Brigades, in the Zaytoun neighborhood of Gaza City, causing noticeable material damage but no injuries.

The Israeli army said it was responding to incidents of gunfire from the besieged enclave. On Friday and Sunday gunshots fired from Gaza caused damage to Israeli army vehicles patrolling the territory.

"In response to the shootings, an IAF aircraft targeted a Hamas military post in the northern Gaza Strip," the Israeli army said. more