One Palestinian Killed, 11 Wounded in Clashes
JERUSALEM (AP) _ Soldiers shot and killed a 14-year-old Palestinian during a confrontation with stone-throwing youths in a West Bank village today, and 10 Palestinians were wounded in the occupied territories, Arab doctors said.
The army confirmed three Palestinians were wounded and said it was checking the other reported casualties.
An Israeli newspaper, meanwhile, reported that Labor Party leader Shimon Peres has proposed a peace plan that calls for a demilitarized Palestinian state with its own parliament.
An aide to Peres, who is finance minister, denied the report. ″There is no Palestinian state in that plan,″ said Peres spokesman Avi Gil.
But Labor Party legislator Avrum Burg confirmed the broad outlines of the report in the daily Haaretz, which said the plan included a one-year truce between Israel and the Palestinians. ″That’s the general direction, but it’s very embryonic,″ said Burg, who declined to comment further.
Peres has said he would only launch a personal peace initiative if the plan to be presented by Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir in Washington next month fails to advance the peace process.
Shamir has said his own peace plan to be presented in Washington will not include any territorial compromise.
A Palestinian youth, Maher Shakid Said, 14, died today after Israeli soldiers shot him in the chest during a clash in the village of Ousarin, south of Nablus, doctors at Al Ittihad Hospital said.
Residents said the confrontation broke out after the army raided the village and a 13-year-old Palestinian boy was wounded in the right hand.
The death raised to 405 the number of Palestinians killed since the start of the 15-month revolt against Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Seventeen Israelis have also died.
Fights with Israeli soldiers also broke out in a number of other West Bank locations and seven Palestinians were wounded, Arab reports said.
Two Palestinians were also reported wounded in the Gaza Strip town of Khan Yunis, including a 14-year-old shot in the left foot.
In Gaza City, the body of a 3-month-old Palestinian girl was brought to Shifa Hospital, and her parents told hospital officials she died after inhaling tear gas. Shifa doctors, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the girl, Shirin Mohammed Moustafa Sheikh, smelled of tear gas when she was brought in Wednesday night but that only an autopsy could determine cause of death.
Army officials said they were checking the report. Arab reports said soliders fired tear gas at Palestinian protesters in Seitoun Wednesday night.
Israeli media, meanwhile, reported today that U.S. officials have threatened to reduce U.S. aid to Israel if the Jewish state continues to build settlements in the occupied territories.
U.S. officials reportedly issued the warning during a visit by Israeli Foreign Minister Moshe Arens in Washington last week.
Officials at the Israeli Foreign Ministry and the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv refused comment. Washington views the 130 Jewish settlements in occupied territories as an obstacle to peace.