Israel kills Palestinian boy in West Bank, bombs Gaza

In the occupied West Bank, Israeli troops shot dead a stone-throwing Palestinian teenager during a protest.

Israel kills Palestinian boy in West Bank, bombs Gaza

Israeli warplanes on Friday struck two Palestinians on a motorcycle in the Gaza Strip, seriously wounding both.

In the occupied West Bank, Israeli troops shot dead a stone-throwing Palestinian teenager during a protest.

Israeli violence contrasted with expectations that a ceasefire deal for Gaza could be reached within days, following three weeks of talks.

Security officials of the Islamist Hamas group which controls Gaza said two members of the Popular Resistance Committees, a smaller resistance faction, were hit on their motorbike near the town of Khan Yunis.

An Israeli army spokesman confirmed that the two were attacked from the air but he gave no further details.

Four Palestinians, including a Hamas policeman and three bystanders, were wounded in one of two air strikes carried out in the Jabalya area in the northern part of the territory later in the evening, hospital officials said.

Hamas and Israel declared separate ceasefires on Jan. 18 but acts of Israeli air attacks, killing Palestinians, and Gazan responses have continued.

Israeli aircraft later also carried out six strikes on tunnels along the border between the Gaza Strip and Egypt, an Israeli army spokesman said. There were no reports of casualties, Hamas security officials and local residents said.

Gazans live under heavy Israel siege for a long time and Egypt still insists on not to opening the only Gaza border crossing in a move condemned by Muslims around the world in protests, leaving Gazans desperate to digging tunnels underground and risking their lives.

Hours earlier, Gaza fighters fired three rockets at Israel, causing no damage or injury. There were no immediate claims of responsibility for the rockets, which exploded near the Israeli town of Sderot.

Hamas said on Thursday it expected a longer-term, Egyptian-mediated truce with Israel in Gaza to be announced in two or three days, cementing a Jan. 18 truce that ended a 22-day Israeli offensive.

Hamas official Taher al-Nono said the key points were to ensure an end to Israel's cross-border violence and to reopen crossings between Jewish state and the blockaded coastal territory. Israel has not commented on the talks.

In the occupied West Bank town of Hebron, Israeli soldiers shot and killed an 14 years-old Palestinian boy in a confrontation with stone-throwing protesters, Palestinian medics said.

First-aid workers said soldiers opened fire killing Izzedin al-Jamal, 14, with a bullet to the chest.

The Israeli army spokesman said the boy thrown stones in protest. Protests in Hebron have become a weekly occurrence since the war in Gaza last month.

Reuters

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