Israeli Army Kills Palestinian Teenager In Bethlehem

Israeli troops take a position as they clash with Palestinian youth in the Amari refugee camp near Ramallah in the occupied West Bank after they stormed the camp. ABBAS MOMANI / AFP

 

Israeli soldiers shot dead a Palestinian teenager during a raid in the occupied West Bank overnight, the Palestinian health ministry said on Monday.

Arkan Mizher, 15, was shot in the chest during clashes in Dheisheh refugee camp in Bethlehem, in the southern West Bank, the ministry said.

His funeral was due to take place later Monday.

The Israeli army said its forces had entered the camp and arrested two people suspected of “terror activity”.

“During the operation, a violent riot was instigated in which Palestinians hurled rocks and threw firebombs and grenades at (Israeli) soldiers,” the army said in a statement.

Soldiers fired live rounds at the protesters, the statement added.

The camp is in a part of the West Bank supposedly under full Palestinian control but the Israeli army regularly carries out raids in such areas.

It says the operations are necessary to arrest suspects, but they often spark violent clashes with young Palestinians.

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Palestinian Shot While Attempting To Breach Gaza Border

Israeli troops take a position as they clash with Palestinian youth in the Amari refugee camp near Ramallah in the occupied West Bank after they stormed the camp on May 28, 2018.
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A Palestinian armed with an axe was shot dead trying to breach the Gaza-Israel border on Monday, the Israeli army said.

An army statement said troops thwarted an “infiltration attempt” by “two terrorists who damaged the security fence and were armed with an axe.”

Soldiers “fired towards the terrorists, killing one of them,” it added, without clarifying what happened to the second suspect.

There was no immediate confirmation from the health ministry in Gaza.

The death brings to 125 the number of Palestinians killed by Israeli fire in Gaza since March 30.

The vast majority have been killed during weeks of protests along the border.

Protests peaked on May 14 when at least 61 people were killed as tens of thousands approached the heavily fortified border in a demonstration coinciding with the controversial opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem.

On Friday a 21-year-old female medic was shot dead in southern Gaza.

No Israelis have been killed.

The Jewish state accuses Gaza’s Islamist rulers Hamas of using the protests as an excuse to carry out attacks.

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Israeli Army Shoots Palestinian For Attempted Murder

Israeli troops                                                                                                                ABBAS MOMANI / AFP

 

A Palestinian man who tried on Saturday to hit Israeli soldiers with his car in the southern occupied West Bank city Hebron was shot dead, the army said.  

“A terrorist attempted to run over IDF troops located at the site with his vehicle. In response, the troops fired towards the terrorist, killing him. No IDF troops were injured,” an army statement said.

A military spokesman told AFP the alleged attacker was a Palestinian.

On Friday a 21-year-old Palestinian woman was shot dead by Israeli soldiers near the Gaza border fence, where clashes were taking place.

Razan al-Najjar was a volunteer with the Gaza health ministry, wearing the white uniform of a medic when she was shot in the chest.

According to the health ministry in Gaza, another 40 Palestinians were wounded by Israeli gunfire in Friday’s clashes.

The Israeli army said on Saturday that cases such as Najjar’s, “in which civilians are allegedly killed by IDF fire, are thoroughly examined by the relevant levels of command and are checked by the General Staff Fact Finding Assessment Mechanism”.

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Tensions High As Israel Hits Gaza Militant Bases

Israeli troops take a position as they clash with Palestinian youth in the Amari refugee camp near Ramallah in the occupied West Bank after they stormed the camp on May 28, 2018.
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Israel carried out strikes against militant bases in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday after a barrage of mortar fire from the Palestinian enclave further boosted tensions following weeks of deadly unrest.

Separately on Tuesday morning, Palestinians launched boats from Gaza to protest Israel’s blockade of the strip in what they said would be a peaceful demonstration.

There were conflicting statements about whether the boats would seek to break Israel’s blockade, which currently allows them to travel nine nautical miles (16 kilometers) off the coast.

The earlier firing of some 28 mortar shells toward Israel caused no injuries, with most intercepted by air defence systems, but Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed a forceful response.

One mortar shell exploded near a kindergarten building, a military spokesman said, causing damage to the structure.

It was the largest projectile barrage from Gaza targeting Israel since a 2014 war, according to Israel’s Shin Bet internal security service.

“Israel takes a grave view of the attacks on it and its communities by Hamas and Islamic Jihad from the Gaza Strip,” Netanyahu said.

“The IDF will respond to these attacks powerfully,” he added during a conference in northern Israel, referring to the Israel Defence Forces.

Shortly after Netanyahu spoke, Israel’s military began carrying out strikes in Gaza.

At least one base belonging to Hamas and four for Islamic Jihad, an allied group, were struck, Gazan security sources said.

There were no immediate reports of injuries.

Israel’s military said it was “currently operating in the Gaza Strip. The explosions heard are related to this activity. Details to follow.”

It did not confirm whether the response was air strikes, other means such as tank or missile fire or a combination. Gazan sources spoke of air strikes.

A Hamas spokesman confirmed only that “resistance” bases were being hit.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the mortars, but there was speculation they were fired by Islamic Jihad in revenge for a recent incident that left three of its members dead.

Hamas, the Islamist movement that runs the Gaza Strip, said in a statement “what the resistance carried out this morning comes within the framework of the natural right to defend our people”.

“The Israeli occupation bears full responsibility for any upcoming escalation.”

‘A clear message’ 

Tuesday’s incidents came after weeks of deadly demonstrations and clashes along the Gaza-Israel border, beginning on March 30.

The protests have called for Palestinians who fled or were expelled in the 1948 war surrounding Israel’s creation to be allowed to return to their former homes now inside Israel.

They peaked on May 14, when at least 61 Palestinians were killed as tens of thousands of Gazans protested and clashes erupted on the same day of the US transfer of its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Demonstrations and clashes have continued at a low level since then. At least 121 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire in the unrest.

Israel says its actions are necessary to defend its borders and accuses Hamas of encouraging thousands of Palestinians to break through the border and attack Israelis.

It has fought three wars with Hamas since 2008.

But Israel has faced international criticism and calls for an independent investigation over its use of live fire during the protests and clashes along the border.

No Israelis have been killed and only one soldier has been reported lightly wounded.

It was not clear how Israel planned to respond to the boat protest from Gaza. It had not responded to a request for comment.

One main boat carrying around 20 people accompanied by a group of smaller ones departed from the fishermen’s port in Gaza City.

“We are sending a clear message to Israel and the rest of the world that the siege must be lifted,” one of the organisers, Issam Hamad, said before the boats launched.

“Gazans are fed up with the lives they live. This is an absolutely peaceful action. It is not against Israel.”

The Gaza Strip has been under Israeli blockade for more than a decade, with Israel saying it is necessary to prevent Hamas from obtaining means to attack.

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Gaza Militants Fire Barrage Of Mortars At Israel – Army

A Palestinian demonstrator hurls stones at Israeli troops during clashes near Khan Yunis by the border fence between Israel and the southern Gaza Strip on March 23, 2018.
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Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip fired a barrage of mortar shells at southern Israel on Tuesday, the army said, causing no injuries but raising tensions in the border area.

A statement from the Israeli army said that “25 mortar shells were launched towards several sites in Israeli territory.”

“Most of the launches were intercepted by the IDF’s (Israel Defence Forces) Iron Dome aerial defence system,” the army said.

Police said that “a number of the mortars landed in open areas inside Israel,” with no injuries reported.

Two further mortar shells were fired at Israel from Gaza after the initial barrage, the army said.

One mortar shell exploded near a kindergarten building, a military spokesman said. No children were believed to be there at the time.

It appeared to be the largest projectile barrage from Gaza targeting Israel since a 2014 war.

Palestinian security sources said Israeli tanks struck observation points belonging to Hamas and Islamic Jihad near the border. An Israeli military spokesman said he was not aware.

The mortar fire follows deadly mass protests and clashes that began along the Gaza border on March 30.

The protests have called for Palestinians who fled or were expelled in the 1948 war surrounding Israel’s creation to be allowed to return to their former homes now inside Israel.

They peaked on May 14, when at least 61 Palestinians were killed as tens of thousands of Gazans protested and clashes erupted on the same day of the US transfer of its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Demonstrations and clashes have continued at a low level since then. At least 121 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire in the unrest.

Israel says its actions are necessary to defend its borders and accuses Hamas of encouraging thousands of Palestinians to break through the border and attack Israelis.

Activist boat 

On Monday, Gaza’s health ministry said one Palestinian was killed by tank fire at an observation point. Israel said it had fired at it after two Palestinians attempted to infiltrate the border fence with the “intention of carrying out an attack.” The two were arrested.

There was also machine gun fire from the Gaza Strip toward Israel later Monday, the military said.

A day earlier, a tank targeted an Islamic Jihad observation point in response to an explosive device being placed on the border fence.

Three members of the militant group were killed, and there was speculation that the Tuesday mortar fire may have been Islamic Jihad’s response.

Later on Tuesday, a group of Palestinian activists were due to launch at least one boat to protest and perhaps try to breach Israel’s naval blockade.

The destination of the boat, which organisers said would carry patients needing medical care, students and job-seeking university graduates, was not announced.

The Gaza Strip has been under Israeli blockade for more than a decade, with Israel saying it is necessary to prevent the Palestinian enclave’s militant Hamas rulers from obtaining means to attack the Jewish state.

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Israeli Army Raids Palestinian Camp After Soldier’s Death

Israeli troops take a position as they clash with Palestinian youth in the Amari refugee camp near Ramallah in the occupied West Bank after they stormed the camp on May 28, 2018.
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The Israeli army raided a Palestinian refugee camp in the occupied West Bank Monday, AFP journalists said, in an apparent hunt for suspects in the killing of a soldier.

Dozens of Israeli troops entered the Amari Refugee Camp in Ramallah in the early hours of Monday, closing off all the entrances, AFP journalists said.

At least 13 Palestinians were lightly or moderately injured during the raid as clashes broke out, the Palestinian Health Ministry said, with soldiers firing tear gas and bullets.

Residents said a number of Palestinians were arrested, though there was no immediate confirmation or statement from the army.

Israeli forces later withdrew from the camp.

It came days after an Israeli soldier was killed during a raid inside the camp.

Sergeant Ronen Lubarsky, 20, of the Duvdevan special forces unit, was struck on the head by a stone block thrown during an arrest raid Thursday and died early Saturday.

Israeli media said the block was a granite slab dropped from a third-floor window.

Those responsible were not arrested at the time.

Amari is located inside Ramallah, seat of the Palestinian Authority, in an area theoretically under the full control of the Palestinian government.

Israeli forces regularly carry out night raids in Palestinian-governed parts of the West Bank to arrest suspects they accuse of militant activities against Israel.

Amari, home to around 6,000 Palestinians according to the United Nations, is a regular flashpoint where Israeli raids have sparked fierce clashes in the past.

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Palestinian Shot Dead By Israeli Army In West Bank Clashes – Officials

Palestinian protesters run for cover from tear gas during clashes with Israeli security forces near the border fence with Israel, east of Gaza City. MOHAMMED ABED / AFP

 

A Palestinian was shot dead during clashes with Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank on Monday, Palestinian officials said.

Ahmed Saleem, 24, was shot in Jayyous near Qalqilya, close to the separation line between Israel and the West Bank, the Palestinian health ministry said, with official Palestinian media saying the incident occurred during clashes.

He was the 17th Palestinian killed since US President Donald Trump’s controversial declaration of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital on December 6, most of them in clashes with Israeli forces. One Israeli has been killed during that timeframe.

Israeli Air Strikes, Rockets Hit Syria

 

The Israeli army overnight carried out air strikes and fired rockets at targets in Syria, causing damage near a “military position”, the Syrian army said in a statement on Tuesday.

The Israeli air force carried out strikes on the Qutayfeh area northeast of Damascus, hitting near the military position and causing the Syrian army to retaliate and “hit one of its planes”, the army said.

Israel also launched land-to-land missiles into Syria from the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, but the Syrian army intercepted them, it said.

Israel’s army has carried out several attacks on the Syrian army and its ally Lebanese Shiite movement Hezbollah since the start of the conflict in Syria in 2011.

Israel seized 1,200 square kilometres (460 square miles) of the Golan Heights from Syria in the Six-Day War of 1967 and later annexed it in a move never recognised by the international community.

Syria and Israel remain technically at war, and the Jewish state fought a devastating war against Hezbollah in 2006.

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Israeli Soldiers Injured In Shabaa Farms Missile Attack

_80571240_9747303b-71a3-4a83-be57-dc93459565ccThe Israeli army has said an anti-tank missile was fired at a military vehicle in Shabaa farms on the border with Syria and Lebanon.

Four Israeli soldiers have been injured during this attack on an army patrol near the border with Lebanon, the Israeli army says.

The Israeli army responded by firing shells into southern Lebanon.

Hezbollah claimed responsibility for the attack, saying in a statement that its Quneitra Martyrs Brigade carried it out at 11:35 a.m.

Hezbollah says the attack comes in response to last week’s killing of six of its members in Syria’s Quneitra

Hezbollah, which fought a month long war against Israel in 2006, is now fighting in Syria on the side of President Bashar al-Assad’s government.

Since that strike, the Israeli Army has been on high alert in expectation of a revenge attack. A top Iranian commander had warned Israel to prepare for a “shattering thunderbolt.”

Israeli military analysts predicted that Hezbollah would hit back against Israeli soldiers to exact revenge but that it would avoid a full-scale war — a more likely outcome if it directed attacks at Israeli civilians.

The Israel Defence Forces said they were looking into reports of attempts to abduct soldiers.

A Lebanese army spokesman said the missile was not fired from Lebanese territory, and that the artillery response by Israel was randomly falling on areas along the border, although no shells have fallen into villages with civilians yet.

“Initial reports suggest that an anti-tank missile was fired at a military vehicle near Mt Dov in northern Israel,” the Israel Defence Forces said on Twitter.

PM Benjamin Netanyahu tweeted: “At this moment the IDF responds to events in the North. We will not allow terrorists to disrupt the lives of our citizens and threaten their security. We will respond forcefully those who try to challenge us.”

Thirteen shells fired from Israel hit open farmland in southern Lebanon close to the frontier, according to the Reuters news agency.

The incident came just hours after Israel launched an air strike on Syrian army positions near the Golan Heights in retaliation for rockets that were fired into Israel on Monday.

Shabaa Farms is a small strip of disputed land at the intersection of the Lebanese-Syrian border and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.