Four Palestinians Killed, 35 Injured in Clashes with Israeli Forces in West Bank, Gaza Strip

Published November 25th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Four Palestinians were killed Saturday in clashes with Israeli troops in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, reported Al-Jazira satellite channel. 

The report said that one Palestinian was killed in the West Bank city of Nablus, two in Jenin, and the fourth was killed by Israeli forces during clashes at a refugee camp in the Gaza Strip. 

In Nablus, 30-year-old Fuad Dweiakat, was hit in the chest, officials at the el-Itihad hospital told AFP. 

The incident occurred at the southern entrance to the town, where thousands of angry Palestinians had earlier joined a funeral procession for two brothers killed in an Israeli shelling of a nearby village the day before. 

In Jenin, Israeli troops shot dead 21-year-old Amjad Azmi Mohammed in the chest, said AFP. 

Abdel-Mune'm Ezzedine, 18, was killed in Arrabeh village in the city during clashes with the Israeli forces, reported Palestine TV. 

Ezedine was shot in the head, AFP said. 

Another Palestinian was seriously wounded in the clashes, hospital officials said. 

Meanwhile, 13-year-old Taysir Abu Alarraj was killed and 30 others wounded as Israeli tanks shelled a refugee camp in the Gaza Strip. 

The victim was killed by shrapnel from Israeli shells fired on the Khan Yunis refugee camp near the Neve Dekalim Jewish settlement. The shelling, which hit several houses, was triggered by a gunfight between Israeli troops and armed Palestinians. 

Hospital officials said 30 Palestinians were wounded, three seriously. Among the injured was an ambulance nurse.  

Earlier in the day, five Palestinians were injured in the southern Gaza Strip, where a gunfight erupted and triggered Israeli shelling on houses in a refugee camp, witnesses and hospital officials told AFP. 

The violence flared as thousands of Palestinians in various parts of the West Bank and Gaza Strip gathered to bury the latest victims of the eight-week-old Intifada or uprising against the Israeli occupation, said the agency. 

The five suffered wounds from bullets or shrapnel and one of them, a 14-year-old boy, was described as being in a serious condition after being hit in the head with shrapnel, hospital officials said. 

Witnesses told the agency that Israeli tanks fired shells on several houses in the Khan Yunis refugee camp near the Neve Dekalim Jewish settlement after a gunfight between Israeli troops and armed Palestinians. 

Israeli army radio said Palestinians had fired on a command post near Neve Dekalim, part of the Gush Katif settlement bloc. 

On Friday, an Israeli army major was shot and killed by bullets fired from the Khan Yunis refugee camp, making him the highest-ranking soldier killed in the unrest that has so far claimed the lives of almost 280 people in eight weeks. 

Another soldier was killed on Thursday when an explosion ripped through a joint liaison office near Neve Dekalim, prompting Israel to temporarily sever low-level security cooperation on the ground. 

In the West Bank town of Nablus, around 10,000 angry Palestinians joined the funeral procession for two brothers killed in an Israeli shelling of a nearby village the day before, AFP added. 

Crowds shouted "Death to Barak" and "Death to Sharon," referring to Prime Minister Ehud Barak and Israel's hawkish opposition leader Ariel Sharon as they carried the bodies of Samir and Nahed Adel Amr through the streets. 

Masked armed men mingled with the mourners, who brandished Palestinian and Islamic flags and photographs of the victims they said were members of the militia wing of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat's Fatah faction. 

In the Gaza Strip, some 3,000 people marched through the town of Rafah near the border with Egypt during the funeral for Ziad Khalil Abu Jazar, 22, who was killed by Israeli troops on Friday. 

A total of seven people were killed in Friday's bloodletting, including the Israeli army officer and a civilian army employee, and another two Palestinians died of wounds suffered in previous clashes. 

The violence was triggered by Sharon's controversial visit to the al-Aqsa mosque compound in occupied east Jerusalem, a site holy to both Jews and Muslims, on September 28. 

AFP added that at the Karni crossing point between the Gaza Strip and Israel, minor skirmishes flared between Palestinian demonstrators and Israeli troops but there were no immediate reports of injuries – (Several Sources) 

 

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