JERUSALEM (Oct. 20)
Five Palestinians were wounded in clashes with Israel Defense Force troops in the West Bank and Gaza Strip Thursday.
Two of them, youthful residents of the Shati refugee camp in Gaza, were shot in the course of a riot.
Two other Palestinians were wounded during a disturbance in a village near Nablus, where the IDF had just demolished illegally built houses.
A funeral in Hebron for three Arab victims of a road accident turned violent. Soldiers opened fire wounding one person.
The accident occurred Wednesday near Beit Omar village on the Jerusalem-Hebron road. An Israeli truck hit the Arab car causing the fatalities.
Israelis recall that the Palestinian uprising was triggered 10 months ago by a similar accident in which Arabs were killed in the Gaza Strip last December.
A truck struck an Arab car and nationalist circles immediately spread the story that the collision was on purpose.
Meanwhile, the Council of Jewish Settlements in the administered territories has drawn up plans to build 53 new settlements in the next three years.
The settlers claim 19 of them have already been approved by the Cabinet’s Ministerial Settlement Committee.
The ultraright-wing Tehiya and Tsomet factions and the National Religious Party have endorsed the project. The Likud has yet to respond.