Unrest Mounts in Territories, As Arab is Killed in Nablus

New eruptions of violence resulted in at least one death and numerous injuries as Israel Defense Force units and border police battled Arab rioters in the West Bank and Gaza Strip on Thursday.

An Arab was killed and an IDF officer was wounded in Nablus Thursday morning. According to military sources, an IDF patrol was attacked in the center of town by a mob wielding iron bars and hurling rocks.

The soldiers fired tear gas and rubber bullets, but then used live ammunition when the rioters failed to disperse. A local resident was killed and another was wounded and hospitalized, the sources reported.

Border police chased demonstrators in the nearby Balata refugee camp. A woman who allegedly tried to stab a policeman was badly beaten and hospitalized.

Five high school students were wounded and 23 were arrested during a demonstration at a vocational school in the Kalandiya refugee camp, north of Jerusalem. Police dispersed the demonstrators with clubs and tear gas.

According to military sources, the students threw rocks at the police, injuring several of them. About 20 students were overcome by tear gas.

Violence spread in the Gaza Strip Thursday in the aftermath of the fatal shooting of a 17-year-old high school student and the wounding of 10 others by IDF soldiers Wednesday. Youths hurled Molotov cocktails at an army patrol in Khan Yunis, in the northern Gaza Strip. The soldiers opened fire, wounding three students.

Young Arabs erected barriers on many roads in the Gaza Strip and threw stones at Israeli security forces. Tear gas, rubber bullets and finally live ammunition were used to disperse them. At least five youths were wounded.

The ongoing violence in the Gaza Strip prompted Foreign Minister Shimon Peres to suggest in the Knesset Monday that Israeli settlements in the territory be dismantled and that the area be demilitarized.

Premier Yitzhak Shamir blasted the proposal Tuesday, saying “it will never be.”

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