Two Killed in Occupied Lands; One Hurt in Bus Stop Blast
JERUSALEM (AP) _ Soldiers shot and killed two Palestinians in separate confrontations in the occupied lands, the army said Sunday. In Jerusalem, a small pipe bomb exploded at a bus stop in a Jewish area, injuring one person.
The bomb exploded in Jerusalem’s Gilo neighborhood at mid-morning while seven people waited at the bus stop, city police spokeswoman Anat Granit said. One person was slightly wounded in the arm, she said.
Army radio said the blast was apparently an attack with ″terrorist″ motives. Fifteen Arabs were rounded up for questioning, Ms. Granit said.
There were conflicting reports on the two shootings in the occupied territories, one in the West Bank and one in the Gaza Strip, which occurred Saturday.
In one incident, Arab reporters said troops dressed as Palestinians and using a car with West Bank license plates raided the northern village of Deir Ghusun. The raiders opened fire when they encountered a group of masked Palestinians scribbling wall slogans and raising an outlawed Palestinian flag, the Arab reports said.
The army said an army unit encountered suspicious men armed with axes knives and chains in the village. ″The unit fired at them,″ the statement said, without explaining what prompted the shooting. The army said one man was killed and one wounded.
Palestinians identified the slain man as Zuher Ghanem, 22, and the wounded man as Nafez Batran, 17.
In the Gaza Strip’s Jebaliya refugee camp, Palestinian reporters said soldiers opened fired on three Palestinians as they painted wall slogans, killing Motaweh Mustafah Khalili Haw, 28, and wounding two others. One of the wounded suffered a serious head injury, the reports said.
An army statement confirmed the death, and said the soldiers fired after the three Palestinians ″tried to stab″ the troops.
The deaths brought to 884 the number of Palestinians killed by Israeli troops and civilians since the December 1987 start of the Palestinian uprising against Israeli occupation.
Another 515 Palestinians have been killed by fellow Arabs, most on suspicion of helping Israel. Eighty-one Israelis have also died in the violence.