Arab Teenager Wounded in Clash, Palestinian Dies of Wounds
JERUSALEM (AP) _ A 15-year-old Palestinian was shot and killed Sunday in a clash with troops, and hospital officials said another Arab died of wounds sustained in a previous confrontation.
The army confirmed hospital reports that Fayiz Aish el-Nadr was killed in the Gaza Strip in a clash with troops and said it was investigating the circumstances of his death.
Arab hospital officials said another Palestinian youth, Mones Abdel Jawad Mohammed Faris, 16, died Sunday of wounds he sustained in a clash Wednesday in the Gaza town of Khan Yunis. Officials said Faris had been shot in the neck and the head.
The deaths raised to 529 the Palestinian death toll in the 19-month-old uprising against Israeli rule. Thirty-eight Israelis have also died.
Also Sunday, an Israeli soldier was wounded in a firebomb attack on an army patrol in the open-air market in Nablus, the West Bank’s largest city, the army said.
Troops launched a search for the attackers and clamped a curfew on the market and on a nearby neighborhood, the army said. The curfew forced about 40,000 residents to stay indoors, Arab reporters said.
The radio and Arab reporters in Nablus said the army patrol responded to the attack with gunfire, and the military later put up roadblocks throughout the city.
The attack followed a night march by about 60 uniformed and masked supporters of PLO chief Yasser Arafat. They raised an outlawed Palestinian flag and called through loudspeakers for PLO factions to unite under Arafat’s Fatah wing, Arab journalists said.
In another development, a police spokesman in Jerusalem called the arson attack on a Jewish-owned house in the Old City’s Moslem quarter Saturday night a nationalist assault.
Spokesman Avi Zelba said the house was heavily damaged when the assailants broke in, poured flammable material and lit it. No injuries were reported.
Several hundred Jews, including religious seminary students, live in the Moslem quarter, which is home to 23,000 Arabs. Four Jewish families moved into the Moslem quarter last month, and Israeli media said the arson attack seemed a warning to them.
Also Sunday, Army radio and the Hadashot daily quoted Mahmoud Ali Shaaban, 22, of the Gaza Strip’s Jabaliya refugee camp, as confessing to the stabbing murder of two inmates at the southern desert Ketziot prison camp for Palestinians on Saturday.
Hadashot quoted Shaaban as saying he killed one detainee in a personal dispute and the second because he suspected the victim of collaborating with Israel.
At least 89 Palestinians have been slain by their brethren as suspected collaborators.