Israeli police investigating Palestinian woman's death in auto

Pauline Gross
October 14, 2018

On Friday, Israeli forces killed seven Palestinians during their peaceful weekly protests in the besieged territory.

Thousands of Palestinians marched on Friday after convening at five locations along the fence, with Israeli troops responding from across the barrier with tear gas and gunfire.

Qudra said four Palestinians - Ahmad al-Taweel, 27; Mohamed Ismail, 29; Ahmad Abu Ne'eim, 17; and Abdullah al-Daghma, 25 - were killed east of al-Bureij refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip. A Palestinian succumbed to his wounds later, Gaza health officials said.

The Israeli army said approximately 14,000 "rioters and demonstrators" had gathered at various sites along the border. Sources added that Israeli settlers attacked the couple's vehicle with rocks, hitting Aisha with a rock in the head, which caused her death, and leaving her husband injured.

Thousands of Palestinians attended the funeral of Aisha al-Rawbi in Biddya village after she was killed when stones were thrown at the auto she was traveling in.

In response to the violence, Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman decided Friday evening to cut off the flow of fuel into Gaza in light of Friday's violence.

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Addressing the unrest, Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman made a decision to cut Qatari fuel shipments into the Gaza Strip in response to the mass protests.

Israel accuses Hamas, which controls Gaza, of orchestrating the protests along the border fence to provide cover for attacks and to distract from Gazas economic plight.

Israeli military spokesman Lt Col Jonathan Conricus tweeted that one group had "detonated a bomb on the Israel-Gaza border fence", allowing around 20 people to climb through the hole.

The assailants subsequently approached an Israeli border post and were shot, the statement said.

The protests are a continuation of what Gazans dubbed the "March of Return", a series of protests that began in late-March, aimed at highlighting the right claimed by Palestinians to return to homes and villages lost seven decades ago in the war that accompanied the founding of the state of Israel.

Other reports by GizPress

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