Four Palestinians Killed, 21 Wounded By Israeli Troops
JERUSALEM (AP) _ Israeli troops shot and killed four Palestinians and wounded 21 in clashes in the occupied lands Wednesday, the army and Israel radio said. It was the highest one-day casualty toll since April.
One soldier was seriously wounded in a Palestinian ambush.
Near the West Bank town of Beit Omar, soldiers shot and critically wounded 17-year-old high school student Ibrahim Mohammed Khaleil, Palestinian reporters said. He died four hours later at a hospital, they said.
The army confirmed the death and said troops fired after Palestinian youths stoned their jeep.
In the occupied Gaza Strip, troops shot to death Jihad Nimer Moammar, 23, after Palestinians ambushed a military patrol, the army said. One soldier was seriously wounded.
Israel radio said Moammar had thrown a grenade at the patrol. Palestinian reporters said Moammar belonged to the Red Eagles, a Palestinian vigilante group linked to a radical Palestine Liberation Organization faction.
After Moammar’s death, residents gathered outside his Khan Yunis home, chanting slogans and hurling stones at an army patrol, Palestinian reports said.
The soldiers opened fire, killing Mustafa Ashur, 55, and Issam Moammar, 23, a relative of Jihad Moammar, the reports said.
The army confirmed the deaths and said the demonstrators had thrown stone blocks and iron rods at the troops.
In other clashes sparked by anger over the deaths, 21 Palestinians were wounded by army gunfire, the radio said.
Stores and businesses in the Gaza Strip closed down as a general strike was declared to protest the killings, Israel radio reported.
The death toll was the worst since April 1, when four Palestinians were killed in clashes with soldiers.
Wednesday’s deaths brought to 973 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.