Israeli army kills six in Gaza; settlers kill one in West Bank, say dailies

RAMALLAH, Saturday, Israeli soldiers shot and killed six Palestinians on the Gaza border with Israel in another bloody Friday while Israeli settlers killed a Palestinian mother of eight on a West Bank road after she was hit by a stone, according to the three Palestinian Arabic dailies published on Saturday.

The dailies highlighted the developments on the Gaza border with Israel and said the soldiers opened heavy gunfire at the Palestinian demonstrators with the intention to kill leading to the murder of six Palestinians and injury of more than 250, according to the Ministry of Health.

A seventh Gaza died on Friday of wounds sustained during an earlier demonstration at the border.

In the occupied West Bank, settlers throw rocks at Palestinian commuters driving on the roads. One stone hit a woman, Aisha Rabi, 48, a mother of eight, in the head and killed her.

Elsewhere in the West Bank, soldiers cracked down on the weekly Friday protests in several locations, including in Khan al-Ahmar village, which is facing imminent demolition by Israel. People were hurt from tear gas and rubber bullets, but nothing serious.

Al-Quds said the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) has called for an international protection for the Palestinian people in Gaza and the West Bank in light of the rise in number of Palestinians killed and wounded by Israelis.

It also quoted Hamas leader Ismael Haniyeh saying that Hamas will seek calm on the border with Israel if the siege on Gaza is lifted.

Al-Ayyam said Israel stopped pumping of fuel to Gaza in light of the violent protests at the border.

It said in another story that Foreign Minister Riyad Malki sent a letter to the UN Secretary General complaining about his special envoy to the Palestinian areas, Nickolay Mladenov, for his interference in internal Palestinian affairs, particularly in the situation in Gaza. Malki denied reports that there is a decision in the Palestinian Authority to boycott Mladenov but that officials were told to avoid meeting him.

The paper said an Israeli court upheld a decision not to allow a Palestinian-American student into Israel because of her alleged support for Israel boycott movement. The student, Lara Alqasem, had a one year study visa to pursue higher education at Hebrew University in West Jerusalem.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida reported on its front page on the meeting of the Fatah Revolutionary Council in Ramallah and quoted President Mahmoud Abbas telling the meeting that he is holding on to all the Palestinian constants, particularly Jerusalem and refugees.

It said a Palestinian prisoner in Israel, Wisam Shalaldeh, 28, from the town of Sair in the south of the West Bank, has died while in prison in yet unknown circumstances.

It said the Palestinian football team won the Golden Cup in the games hosted by Afghanistan after defeating Tajikistan in the final game held in Dakka.

Source: Palestinian News & Info Agency