HEBRON, West Bank The Israeli army killed a Palestinian who it said tried to ram his auto into soldiers near Hebron on Friday, and medics mentioned another Palestinian was shot dead by Israeli forces for the duration of a violent demonstration in the flashpoint West Bank city.
Violence also flared up on Friday in the Islamist Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip, where Palestinians massed at the fenced-off border with Israel, throwing rocks at troops beyond. Army gunfire killed a 38-year-old Palestinian and wounded 58 other folks, Gaza medics said.
A campaign of stabbings, shootings and auto-rammings by Palestinians has killed 19 Israelis and a U.S. citizen considering that the commence of October. Israeli forces have killed 109 Palestinians, around two-thirds of whom the army identified as assailants.
Palestinians are frustrated at the failure of long-running peace efforts with Israel and its 48-year occupation of the West Bank. Several sympathize with Hamas calls for Israel’s destruction.
The bloodshed has also been fueled by Muslim agitation over stepped-up Israeli access to Jerusalem’s al Aqsa mosque complicated, which many Jews revere as a vestige of their biblical temples.
Close to Hebron, a large West Bank city exactly where both anti-Israel activism and friction with Jewish settlers are strong, a Palestinian motorist tried to ram troops at a checkpoint who then shot him dead, the army said.
“We saw the martyr’s auto parked and he stepped out of it and they fired about 15 bullets at him,” Osama Ahmed Tarawa, a Palestinian who said he was working at a building site nearby at the time of the incident, told Reuters.
Citing an initial investigation, an army spokeswoman mentioned that soon after crashing into the checkpoint, the motorist emerged from the auto carrying a knife, apparently intent on stabbing the soldiers. A relative of the dead man gave his age as 55.
In the second incident in Hebron, the army mentioned troops fired at Palestinians who attacked them with rocks and petrol bombs following non-lethal riot-dispersal measures failed. Palestinians mentioned a 22-year-old regional man was fatally shot in the chest.
Earlier on Friday, Israeli officials stated a Palestinian gunman fired at a checkpoint on the northern West Bank boundary, causing no casualties, and was then shot by guards and fled.
The United States, the European Union and the United Nations have expressed concern about the increasing death toll, urging both sides to apply restraint, while also recognizing Israel’s correct to self-defense in the face of the street attacks.
(Reporting by Ali Sawafta, Nidal al-Mughrabi and Luke Baker Writing by Dan Williams Editing by Mark Trevelyan, Larry King)