Three Palestinians Killed By Israeli Troops In Gaza
JERUSALEM (AP) _ Israeli troops in the occupied Gaza Strip shot and killed three Palestinians today. It was the highest death toll during one day’s clashes since April.
Meanwhile, Israeli forces and pro-Iranian Shiite Muslim guerrillas held their fire after three days of violence in southern Lebanon that marred Middle East peace talks in Washington. Israel built up tanks and troops along its northern border and inside southern Lebanon on Tuesday, but the turbulent region was quiet overnight.
In today’s clashes in the Gaza Strip, the first Palestinian was killed after a group of Arabs ambushed an Israeli patrol, seriously wounding a soldier, the army said.
Soldiers fired back, killing Jihad Nimer Moammar, according to a statement issued by the army. Israel radio said Moammar, 23, had thrown a grenade at the patrol.
Arab reports said Moammar belonged to the militant Red Eagles group, which is linked to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestinian, a PLO faction opposed to the Arab-Israeli peace talks.
Residents gathered outside Moammar’s Khan Yunis home after his death, chanted anti-Israeli slogans and hurled stones at army patrols, the Arab reports said.
The army said Arabs also hurled stone blocks and iron rods at one patrol, which opened fire, killing Mustafa Ashur, 55, and Issam Moammar, 23, a relative of Jihad Moammar.
The death toll was the worst reported since last April 1, when four Arabs were killed in clashes with soldiers.
Today’s deaths brought to 972 the number of Palestinians killed by Israeli troops or civilians since the start of the uprising against Israeli occupation in December 1987.
At least 672 other Palestinians have been killed by fellow Arabs, many as suspected collaborators. In addition, 106 Israelis have died in the violence.