Four Killed, Dozens Wounded In Clashes With Troops
JERUSALEM (AP) _ The discovery of a dead Palestinian, his hands tied with army-issue rope, triggered a new round of clashes between Arabs and soldiers and the highest one-day death toll in six months, Arab reports said.
Israeli troops shot and killed four Palestinians and 21 others were wounded during the violence in the occupied territories.
An army official confirmed one death in the West Bank city of Nablus but said soldiers were not involved. He said the army was checking the other fatalities.
In another development, the body of a Palestinian suspected of collaborating with Israel was found in a cave near the West Bank village of Burka, Israel radio and Arab reports said. The man, 32-year-old Mohammed Shaar, was stabbed to death, the reports said. The army said it was checking the report.
The deaths Friday brought to 289 the number of Palestinians killed since the uprising against Israeli occupation began Dec. 8. Six Israelis also have died.
In Nablus Friday morning, hundreds of Palestinians chanting pro-PLO slogans carried the coffin of Adnan Hanfa, 31, through the city’s narrow alleys.
Hanfa was killed Thursday night, but the circumstances of his death were unclear. Arab hospital officials said Hanfa was shot several times and found cuffed with army-issue plastic rope.
Army officials said troops shot and killed a Palestinian in clashes Thursday night near Salah Edin Mosque where Hanfa’s body was found.
Following the funeral and Moslem noon prayers, stone-throwing Arab youths clashed with soldiers throughout Nablus and the two adjacent refugee camps of Balata and Askar.
Arab reporters claimed Samir Bahloul, 26, was in the doorway of his house when he was fatally shot in the head and stomach by troops breaking up a nearby protest. The army confirmed the death but said troops were not involved.
Nidal Ali Najar, 20, was fatally shot in the head after dozens of Arab youths gathered outside the central market to throw stones at soldiers to protest Bahloul’s death, hospital officials said.
Ali Sayeh, 20, was dead on arrival at St. John’s Hospital in Nablus after being shot in the chest during a clash in the Ras Al Ain neighborhood, Arab reporters and hospital officials said.
A fourth Palestinian, 17-year-old Ahmed Mashtaraweh, was shot in the head during a clash and died en route to Jerusalem’s Mukassed Hospital, hospital officials said.
Of the 21 wounded, two were in critical condition, including a 9-year-old boy with a bullet in the chest, Arab hospital officials said.