Two Palestinians killed by Israeli fire; Palestinian police kill collaborator in Gaza; PA, Israel to resume contacts

Published July 14th, 2002 - 02:00 GMT

A Palestinian teenager was killed in the northern Gaza Strip after Israeli tanks moved into the area, Palestinians said Sunday night. And in the West Bank, Israeli troops killed a 24-year-old Palestinian who tried to attack soldiers in their jeep, the Israeli army and witnesses said. 

 

Israeli tanks moved into a Palestinian town in northern Gaza, Beit Lahiya, near the Jewish settlement of Gadid, and shot and killed 17-year-old Nidal Amudi as he walked through a farm, Palestinian preventive security forces and officials at Shifa Hospital said. 

 

In the West Bank, meanwhile, a 24-year-old Palestinian, Ghazi Abu Obieh, was killed in the Balata refugee camp near Nablus after he tried to attack an Israeli jeep with a knife, witnesses said. The army said troops fired after the man first threw a petrol bomb in their direction, then rushed the jeep with a knife. 

 

An Israeli army spokesman stated the incident occurred after Israeli forces had reinstated the curfew on Nablus which had been lifted for a few hours Sunday. 

 

Separately, Palestinian police Sunday shot and killed a Palestinian convicted of being a collaborator with Israel in the southern Gaza Strip town of Khan Younis, Palestinian security sources said.  

 

Abdel Hai Al Sababi, 28, was brought to a Palestinian court in the town for trial to sue him for being a collaborator with Israeli intelligence services. "While the court's session was going on, Israeli Apache helicopters attacked a nearby building with missiles and destroyed it," said a police statement. "Sababi tried to escape from the court yard after the airstrike, but police officers shot him."  

 

Palestinian medical sources in the town said that Sababi died shortly after he was shot by Palestinian police officers who guarded the court.  

 

Sababi was convicted of handing information to the Israeli intelligence service by the phone on the exact location of a group of members in the armed wing of the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) in Rafah. The killing of theses Hamas members took place about two weeks ago.  

 

Sababi told Palestinian interrogators that right after he forwarded the information to an Israeli intelligence officer, an Israeli Apache helicopter targeted two cars, fired several missiles and killed six people, said the police, according to Xinhua.  

 

Following the death of the six, Hamas activists in the town kidnapped Sababi, interrogated him and turned him over afterwards to the Palestinian police with a video tape, including his confession.  

 

Thousands of Palestinians demonstrated in Rafah calling upon the Palestinian police to execute him. At least 17 people wereshot by police gunfire during the protests in the town.  

 

Meanwhile, it was reported that Israel's Foreign Minister Shimon Peres met last weekend in Copenhagen with Palestinian Authority chairman Yasser Arafat's financial advisor - but only after Prime Minister Ariel Sharon approved the meeting.  

 

Sources in Jerusalem said Sunday that Sharon knew in advance of Peres' meeting with Mohammed Rasheed. The sources added that Rasheed, who has been actively working in Europe for a resumption of talks with Israel, initiated the meeting with Peres.  

 

In a related development, Sharon and Peres agreed on a resumption of talks with Palestinian officials Sunday. The meetings will be held later this week and will deal with economic and humanitarian issues. The meetings to be held will come instead of the meeting scheduled for Saturday night, that was cancelled.  

 

Peres, Sharon, Sharon's adviser Dov Weisglass and Foreign Ministry Director-General Avi Gil met Sunday afternoon to iron out the differences of opinion concerning Peres' meetings with the Palestinians, Israeli reports said. (Albawaba.com)  

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