World Bulletin / News Desk
Violence has flared both in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip between Israelis and Palestinians after peace talks hit a snag following an Israeli refusal to uphold its side of a prisoner release agreement.
A Palestinian woman died of Israeli teargas on Monday during clashes between Israeli forces and Palestinian protesters near the West Bank town of Bethlehem, a medical source said.
Noha Qatamesh, 45, suffocated from teargas fired by Israeli forces in the Aida refugee camp near Bethlehem, the source told Anadolu Agency.
According to eyewitnesses, Israeli forces used teargas canisters and rubber bullets during the clashes with Palestinian protesters.
Meanwhile, one Israeli was killed and two others were injured in a Monday shooting near an army checkpoint in the West Bank, an Israeli military spokesman said.
"An Israeli civilian was killed and two others were wounded," Peter Lerner said via Twitter.
Israeli daily Yediot Aharonot had earlier reported that two Israelis had been injured by gunfire near the West Bank city of Al-Khalil (Hebron).
According to the newspaper, Palestinians opened fire on the car in which the two Israelis were driving in the village of Tarqumiyah northwest of Hebron.
The Ezzeddin Al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, has hailed the killing of an Israeli settler in a shooting attack in the West Bank, saying the attack was a reaction to "Israeli crimes" against the Palestinian people.
"The Al-Khalil [Hebron] operation is a natural reaction to crimes committed by the Zionist occupation against our people and Al-Aqsa Mosque," spokesman Abu Obeida wrote on Twitter on Monday.
Hamas, which rules the Gaza Strip, earlier hailed the attack.
"We bless this heroic operation," Hamas spokesman Hossam Badran said via Facebook. "This operation is a natural reaction to Israel's crimes against our people," he said, going on to call for stepping up operations "against Israelis across the West Bank."
The Israeli army shelled residential and agricultural areas on border with the Gaza Strip on Monday.
According to witnesses, Israeli forces opened fire toward Palestinian homes and farmlands near borders between the Gaza Strip and Israel.
The shelling caused minor damage, with no casualties reported.
Israeli officials were not available for comment.
Israel has established a 300-meter buffer zone along its border with the Gaza Strip.
Israeli forces frequently shoot at Palestinians who attempt to approach the border fence.
90 PALESTINIAN STRUCTURES DESTROYED
Israel has demolished 90 Palestinian structures in the West Bank and Al-Quds (occupied East Jerusalem) since the beginning of 2014, according to the Palestinian Authority.
"The buildings include 27 homes; four tents and a mosque; 43 makeshift homes; four water wells; three public buildings; and eight commercial shops," the Wall and Settlements Information Center – run by the Ramallah-based Palestinian Authority (PA) – stated in a monthly report devoted to Israeli home demolitions.
The center added that the Israeli army had informed the Palestinian owners of 191 homes and buildings that it planned demolish them, noting that most of the structures in question were located in Al-Quds and its environs.
"This is all part of a systematic and a studied Israeli policy to Judaize the holy city and evacuate its native residents," center director Jameel al-Bargouthi said.
He called on international organizations and human rights groups to intervene to protect the Palestinian people and bring Israel to account for its "continuous crimes" against the Palestinians, their property and their holy sites.Last Mod: 15 Nisan 2014, 09:49