By Izzat Ramini and Agencies
Five Palestinians were killed, and eight others were injured Wednesday when an Israeli tank opened fire on two Palestinian cars carrying civilians on the road between Rafah and Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip, Palestinian security sources told Albawaba.com.
The sources added that the attack took place in a Palestinian-controlled area, but the Israeli army has been controlling it since Monday after a bomb blasted on a school bus, killing two Israelis and injuring 16 others.
The Israeli army also closed off the area, and prevented ambulances from rushing the injured to the hospital, the sources said.
Director of Palestine's Public Security, Abdel-Razzaq Majaydeh, told Al-Jazira satellite channel that the Israeli army committed the attack with "cold blood," adding that "there was no reason for the killing."
In another attack on Palestinians in Gaza, seven Palestinians were injured when Jewish settlers opened fire on Palestinian cars near the Gush Katif Jewish settlement, said the sources, adding that many were in a serious condition.
The Palestinian TV said that four were killed in the incident, and eight others were injured in the two attacks.
The sources added that a Jewish settler from Ofra settlement opened fire on Palestinians in Ain-Broud village in Ramallah, injuring two Palestinians.
Hatem Malloul, 40, was lightly injured, while Ma'moun Qatmash, 22, was seriously injured, the sources told Albawaba.com
Settlers also opened fire on Palestinians near Jenin, said the sources, adding that one was reported in a serious condition.
Meanwhile, The Jerusalem Post newspaper reported that the Israeli army was taking Palestinian vegetable stalls in an open-air market near the Jewish settlements in Hebron.
According to the paper, the area near Gross Square has been a constant friction point between Israelis and Palestinians.
Earlier in the day, a huge explosion went off the Jewish settlement of Gush Katif, reported Haaretz newspaper, quoting the army radio.
AFP reported that the explosion took place at around (06:40) GMT.
The Jerusalem Post reported the cause of the explosion was a hand grenade thrown by Palestinians at the settlement of Netzer Hazani.
The device fell short of its target and landed in Palestinian controlled territory, said the paper.
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