Israel kills 6 Palestinians ahead of Gaza war anniversary

Israeli soldiers shot and killed six Palestinians in two separate incidents on Saturday in the occupied West and the Gaza Strip.

Israel kills 6 Palestinians ahead of Gaza war anniversary

Israeli soldiers shot and killed six Palestinians in two separate incidents on Saturday in the occupied West and the Gaza Strip, in one of the most deadly outbreaks of violence in months.

An Israeli military spokeswoman said soldiers shot and killed three Palestinians suspected of trying to infiltrate from Hamas-ruled coastal Gaza, and Palestinian medics and sources said three Fatah members were killed in a West Bank raid.

The violence came a day before the anniversary of a Gaza war that killed some 1,434 Palestinians, a third of them were children, and underscored rising tensions as U.S.-sponsored peace talks have remained stalled for a year.

A Hamas security source said the three shot in Gaza were apparently civilians collecting scrap metal in an industrial zone near the Israeli border.

In the West Bank, Palestinian medics and witnesses said soldiers surrounded the homes of three members of the al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, an armed group from Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah movement, and then killed all three.

Abbas has demanded a halt to Jewish settlement building before peace talks delayed since a Gaza war in January may resume, and has rejected a temporary building freeze announced last month by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as insufficient.

Reuters
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