Palestine: Six protesters killed in Gaza by Israeli army

Hamas leader Haniyeh declares third intifada


ISRAELI troops killed six protesters in Gaza yesterday as clashes escalated across the Palestinian territories and Israel.

The Israeli military said about 200 Palestinians in Gaza had advanced toward the border, throwing rocks and rolling burning tyres at soldiers stationed there. Troops opened fire, killing six protesters.

In a speech delivered in Gaza, Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh declared a third intifada, saying that 20 years of negotiations with Israel had failed to secure an independent Palestinian state.

Elsewhere, security forces shot a Palestinian woman as she walked away from them.

Mobile phone footage emerged showing at least five police and soldiers armed with rifles approaching the robed woman from one side at a bus station in the northern town of Afula.

As she turns to walk away, shot ring out and she falls to the ground.

Police claimed the woman had threatened them with a knife and posed an “imminent threat,” adding that she had been taken to hospital.

In Jerusalem, a Palestinian wielding a potato peeler stabbed and wounded a 14-year-old Israeli before being arrested.

In another attack near the entrance to West Bank settlement Kiryat Arba, a Palestinian was shot dead by a police officer after he had attacked the officer with a knife and tried to seize his weapon, police said.

In the southern Israeli city of Dimona, an Israeli man stabbed four Palestinians in apparent retaliation for earlier attacks.

Dimona mayor Beni Bitton said the stabber was a “mentally ill man,” adding that two of the victims worked for the city council and that passers-by had rushed to provide first aid.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “strongly condemned the harming of innocent Arabs,” saying that anyone who resorts to violence would be brought to justice.

But in a further escalation of tensions, millionaire Jerusalem Mayor Nir Birkat called on Israeli citizens to arm themselves against Palestinians.

Defending his public appearance carrying an assault carbine on Thursday, he said: “Those with a licenced firearm who know what to do with it must go out with their weapon. In a way, it’s like military reserve duty.”

Morning Star

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Escalating Israeli-Palestinian violence Live updates

A Palestinian protester is evacuated after being injured by a tear gas canister during clashes with Israeli security forces near the Nahal Oz border crossing with Israel, east of Gaza City on October 10, 2015 © Mahmud Hams / AFP
Israeli-Palestinian violence is on rise across Israel, the West Bank and Gaza. Stabbings are becoming particularly common amid fears of a new Palestinian uprising.
  • 11 October 2015

    17:11 GMT

    Four Israelis have been injured in a stabbing attack near the village of Gan Shmuel, north of Hadera, the Times of Israel reports.

    One of the victims, a 19-year-old woman, has been evacuated to Rambam Hospital in Haifa in critical condition with damage to multiple organs. Other victims are a 20-year-old man and a 45-year-old man with light injuries, as well as a 14-year-old girl with moderate wounds.

    The attacker has been arrested by the police. He has been identified as a 20-year-old Israeli Arab man from the Galilee town of Umm al-Fahm.

  • 17:09 GMT

    The Israeli Defense forces (IDF) have shot and wounded at least 50 Palestinians during clashes at the Huwwara checkpoint in the northern West bank, Maan News Agency reports. Rami Swidan, a Maan cameraman, is one of the injured Palestinians – he was shot in the leg with live fire while covering the clashes.

    A spokeswoman for the Israeli army has confirmed the use of 0.22 caliber live rounds and rubber-coated steel bullets against protesters.

    “A violent riot broke out at the entrance to Nablus firing slingshots,” with the protesters “hurling rocks, and rolling burning tires,” according to her. She added that the IDF had resorted to warning shots before opening fire.

  • 16:17 GMT

    The Israeli Defense Force (IDF) has shot dead a 13-year-old Palestinian boy during clashes south of al-Bireh in the Rammalah district. Ahmad Sharaka was shot in the neck with a live round, the Maan news agency reported medics as saying.

  • 14:54 GMT

    The Palestinian movement Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, has warned Israel against “foolishness” after an Israeli nighttime airstrike killed a pregnant Palestinian woman and her toddler. The airstrike followed the firing of a rocket at Israel from the Gaza Strip.

    “This shows the occupation’s desire to escalate,” said Sami Abu Zuhri, a spokesman for Hamas, as cited by the Times of Israel. “We warn the occupation against continuing this foolishness,” he added.

  • 13:18 GMT

    Israel has come in for harsh criticism for its use of force in the latest outbreak of violence with Palestinian protesters. Amnesty International told Al Jazeera that some of the recorded incidents amounted to “extrajudicial killings,” while Human rights Watch was “strongly concerned” about Israel’s “indiscriminate and even deliberate” use of gunfire on demonstrators. “These are extrajudicial killings against unarmed civilians,” Mariam Farah, the spokesperson for Amnesty International in Israel, was quoted as saying.

  • 13:14 GMT

    Demonstrations near Gaza City’s Shujai’yah neighborhood in the northern Gaza Strip are still under way, with up to 150 protesters trying to cross through the gap in the border fence that was created Friday, Ynetnews reports. IDF troops are reportedly attempting to push them back by firing warning shots into the air and with tear gas grenades. According to Ynetnews, Palestinian medical teams are evacuating the injured from the demonstration.

  • 13:10 GMT

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says he is holding consultations to promote sanctions against the Islamic Movement in Israel, AP reports. According to the Israeli leader, the movement, which runs education and religious services for Israeli Arabs, is a part of the “systematic, untrue incitement” against his country. Tel Aviv says the group has incited violence by spreading lies about Israel’s intentions regarding al-Aqsa, the third-holiest site in Islam, sacred to both Muslims and Jews. At his weekly Cabinet meeting Sunday, Netanyahu singled out an Arab lawmaker, Hanin Zoabi of the Joint (Arab) List part, who reportedly called on hundreds of thousands of worshipers to ascend to al-Aqsa, located in East Jerusalem, “to stand against the Israeli plot for the blood of East Jerusalem residents.” The Israeli PM said that Zoabi’s call amounted to incitement to violence, and he asked legal authorities to launch a criminal investigation against Zoabi.

  • 10:35 GMT

    The Palestinian movement Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, has warned Israel against “foolishness” after an Israeli nighttime airstrike killed a pregnant Palestinian woman and her toddler. The airstrike followed the firing of a rocket at Israel from the Gaza Strip.

    “This shows the occupation’s desire to escalate,” said Sami Abu Zuhri, a spokesman for Hamas, as cited by the Times of Israel. “We warn the occupation against continuing this foolishness,” he added.

  • 08:56 GMT

    There are reports on social media of IDF forces beating and chasing away Palestinians near the Al-Aqsa mosque.

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