Monday, 25 January 2016

2 Palestinians shot dead, 2 Israelis stabbed, injured near Ramallah


Two Palestinians were shot dead after allegedly stabbing and injuring two Israeli women in the illegal Israeli settlement of Beit Horon, west of Ramallah in the central occupied West Bank, Israeli police said.

Israeli police spokesperson Luba al-Samri said "two terrorists approached a grocery store in Beit Horon and stabbed a woman, then they fled the scene."

"As they were fleeing the two then stabbed another woman before a security guard neutralized them."

Al-Samri then clarified that the two Palestinians had been shot dead.

One Israeli woman, 40, was seriously injured after being stabbed in the "upper part" of her body, while another woman, 60, sustained light wounds. Al-Samri added that two explosive devices were also found after police searched the area.

Israeli police spokesperson Micky Rosenfeld later added that Israeli police units were "looking into" the identity of the two Palestinians, and that "heightened security in the areas continues."

On Saturday, a 13-year-old Palestinian was shot dead after reportedly attempting to stab an Israeli security guard outside of an illegal West Bank settlement northeast of Jerusalem, al-Samri said at the time. more

Israeli airstrikes launched across Gaza


The Israeli air force early Monday morning launched airstrikes across the Gaza Strip, targeting Hamas facilities, after rockets were fired from the besieged enclave, officials said.

Official sources in Gaza told Ma’an that Israeli warplanes hit the al-Muhararat training site south of Deir al-Balah in the central strip used by the military wing of Hamas, the al-Qassam Brigades, while the another hit an open plot of land south of Khan Younis.

No human casualties have been reported, though the strikes reportedly left noticeable material damages.

The Israeli army said in a statement that the airstrikes were in response to a rocket that had been launched from the Gaza Strip at Southern Israel on Sunday night. Sirens reportedly sounded throughout communities in the Sha'ar HaNegev Regional Council, as the rocket hit an open area.

While no group has taken responsibility for the rocket fire, the Israeli army reiterated their long-held stance that, "Hamas is responsible and is accountable for all attacks from the Gaza Strip." more