Settlers riot in Hebron, Sharon dismisses Quartet plan
A Palestinian man fixing a satellite dish on his rooftop was shot and killed in the Gaza Strip on Saturday, Palestinians said.
Israeli soldiers stationed near the Rafah refugee camp in the Gaza Strip shot at the man, Abdel Karim Mansour, while he was repairing a satellite dish, Palestinian witnesses and doctors said. Two other Palestinians were wounded in the shooting, the doctors said, according to AP.
Witnesses said soldiers shot after Palestinian youths threw stones and firebombs at nearby troops.
Additionally, armored Israeli vehicles operated along the border with Egypt near Rafah on Saturday as part of efforts to beef up security for the nearby bases, Palestinian witnesses said.
Late Saturday and Sunday morning, dozens of Jewish settlers rioted in the West Bank town of Hebron in response to Fridday's attack at the nearby Kiryat Arba settlement.
Protesters set a wrecked car on fire and threw objects at Palestinians, Israeli police spokesman and witnesses said. No Palestinians were injured and police soon broke up the demonstration, it was reported.
Meanwhile, Israel's Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said in comments to be published in Newsweek magazine this week that a peace plan being worked out by the so-called Quartet of nations should not be taken seriously.
The group — the United Nations, United States, European Union and Russia — was working on a peace plan to present to the Israelis and Palestinians in February. When asked about the Quartet plan, Sharon said, "Oh, the quartet is nothing! Don't take it seriously."
Sharon said another plan would work if it included removing Yasser Arafat from the leadership of the Palestinian Authority, appointing a prime minister and then implementing security and financial reforms. (Albawaba.com)
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