At Least 11 Palestinians Injured In Clashes with Israeli Soldiers
Israeli soldiers shot at least 11 Palestinians, including a journalist, in the Gaza Strip and West Bank on Monday, hospital officials said, as clashes continued after a deadly bomb attack on a school bus carrying Jewish settlers in central Gaza.
Soldiers shot five Palestinian stone-throwers at the Karni crossing point between Israel and the Gaza Strip, medical officials said.
Israeli soldiers also shot Palestinian journalist Marwan al-Ghroul, who was working as a cameraman for the American television network CBS, medical officials said. Al-Ghroul, who was beaten by Jewish settlers at Kafr Darom earlier on Monday, was shot in the leg at Karni, they said.
Soldiers also shot another five Palestinians in Rafah in southern Gaza along the border with Egypt.
The Gaza clashes continued despite an Israeli lockdown of the area after two Israeli adults were killed and nine people injured when a bomb detonated near the Kafr Darom Jewish settlement in central Gaza.
Immediately after Monday's blast the Israeli army closed all roads in the area, and razed trees and three houses, in steps similar to those taken after earlier attacks or shooting incidents to increase security and visibility, provoking deep resentment among local people.
The Israeli navy also stationed boats off the Gaza Strip and the army reinforced artillery at Karni after the bus blast, witnesses said.
The Rafah terminal between the Gaza Strip and Egypt, which was supposed to reopen Monday morning, also remained closed because of the attack, Palestinian officials told AFP.
Clashes also broke out between Israeli soldiers and Palestinians in the West Bank towns of Jenin and Ramallah, but without reports of serious injuries.
Palestinian marches, which have often turned into violent clashes in recent weeks, have been called for Tuesday, Friday and Sunday, according to a statement distributed in Ramallah by a group of Intifada organizers known as the national and Islamic forces.
"The national and Islamic forces call for marches to condemn the American position which stands by Israel and to confirm the continuation of the Intifada," said the statement handed out on the sidelines of the Ramallah clashes.
The statement also called for marches on Friday and Sunday to support Muslims and Christian Palestinians.
Scuffles between Palestinians and Jewish settlers also erupted in the southern West Bank town of Hebron, witnesses said.
Some 400 hardline Jewish settlers live in the divided city of Hebron, home to some 120,000 Palestinians – (AFP)
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