One Palestinian Killed, 17 Reported Injured
JERUSALEM (AP) _ Soldiers today shot and killed a Palestinian in the occupied Gaza Strip, and Arab reports said 17 other Palestinians were injured in stone-throwing protests in the occupied territories.
The killing raised to 498 the number of Palestinians killed in the anti- Israeli uprising.
Five soldiers were wounded in the clashes, Israel radio reported.
Also today, a military judge acquitted four soldiers of manslaughter and an army doctor of negligence in the beating death of a Palestinian man last summer. The four soldiers were convicted of a lesser charge of mistreating the detainee.
The focus of today’s violence was the Jabaliya refugee camp, a shantytown housing 53,000 refugees in the north of the Gaza Strip.
U.N. relief officials and Arab hospitals initially reported three deaths, but later said only one youth, identified as 18-year-old Khaled Mohammed Atawneh, died in the camp of a fatal gunshot wound to the head.
The army confirmed the death and said another Palestinian was critically injured in Jabaliya.
A U.N. relief official reached by telephone in nearby Gaza City said there were ″ongoing incidents″ in the camp, although soldiers had imposed a curfew.
Nine youths were also reported wounded in the legs in Jabaliya.
Another eight Palestinians suffered slight to moderate wounds in clashes that broke out in four other places, including Gaza City’s Sabra quarter and the Shati and Bureij refugee camps.
Five Israeli soldiers were treated for injuries from rocks and bricks thrown at them in Jabaliya, Israel radio said.
Speaking to Israeli reporters in the Gaza Strip, Justice Minister Dan Meridor defended the army’s tough response to the protests saying, ″The Arabs must understand there will be no chances for a peace process without the army’s determination to put down violence.″
In Spain, Israeli Premier Yitzhak Shamir challenged Arab leaders to sit down with Israelis to discuss an end to the ″state of war″ in the Middle East.
The Israeli leader was in Spain on a two-day official visit seeking support for his plan to hold elections among the 1.7 million Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
Palestinians object to the proposal because it does not guarantee them independence or an end to Israeli military rule.