Two Palestinians killed in clashes with Israelis

Jan 3, 2016

A third settler was killed when Israeli occupation forces opened fire at the Palestinians.

The military said the pair of attackers stabbed the soldier at a gas station near the Hawara crossing, south of Nablus.

The attackers, named by Palestinian authorities as two male relatives aged 17 and 23, died at the scene in Huwara, near Nablus, in the northern West Bank.

Palestinian eyewitnesses said that Mahdeya Hammad is a mother of four children and was killed while driving her vehicle in an area where dozens of Palestinian young men and Israeli soldiers were clashing. Israel has refused to return bodies of dozens of Palestinians to their families. No Israelis were injured in this attack either.

Since mid-September, a wave of Palestinian shooting, stabbing and vehicular attacks have killed 20 Israelis. At least 127 Palestinians have died in the same period, of whom 87 Israel says were attacking or attempting to attack Israelis. Palestinian Health Ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Kidra says, Wahdan was killed Friday during clashes with Israeli soldiers on the Israeli border with east of Gaza City. The assailant was overpowered by a security guard and arrested, police said.

Official peace talks between the two sides broke down in April 2014 with both sides accusing the other of violating the terms of the negotiations.

Tensions have dramatically escalated since the Israeli regime’s imposition of restrictions in August on the entry of Palestinian worshipers into the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in East al-Quds (Jerusalem). The site, Islam’s holiest outside Saudi Arabia, is also revered by many Jews as a vestige of their biblical temples.

Israel Radio reported Sunday that Israel ignored warnings of violence and rejected a Palestinian proposal over the summer to meet for secret negotiations which would include the drawing up of proposed borders of a Palestinian state.

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