JERUSALEM (Feb. 5)
Three Palestinians were killed and a representative of the International Red Cross was wounded in clashes with Israeli security forces in the Gaza Strip Saturday and Sunday.
At least 19 Palestinians were wounded in widespread disturbances throughout the administered territories over the weekend.
It was announced, meanwhile, that professional border police, trained in riot control, will gradually replace Israel Defense Force reservists in the territories.
The army has come under continuous cross fire from its inability to reduce the number of casualties in the territories. The border police is considered highly trained in dealing with demonstrations in the territories.
Sunday’s fatality was a resident of the Shatirefugee camp in Gaza. Two “other youths were shot to death Saturday during a disturbance at the Khan Yunis refugee camp in the Gaza Strip.
It was there that the Red Cross representative, 30-year-old Alexander Antonio, was wounded in the legs. He was taken to Tel Hashomer Hospital in Ramat Gan.
According to a military spokesman, a mob attacked a local military outpost in Khan Yunis.
The spokesman said an initial investigation indicated Antonio was in the midst of the rioters when he was shot. It was not known whether he participated in the attack or was a bystander.
Curfews were clamped on the Shati and Jabalya refugee camps in Gaza. The Khan Yunis camp is under curfew for the second day.
The Gaza Strip was the focus of unrest over the weekend after several days of relative quiet.
The civil administration, unlike its counterpart in the West Bank, decided to keep the schools open, arguing that they had a stabilizing influence.
Arab schools in the Gaza Strip are for the most part away from main highways. There are fewer Jewish settlers in that territory and fewer confrontations.
Meanwhile, the army clashed with scores of Jewish settlers who rampaged through the West Bank Arab village of Azoun in reprisal for the stoning of settlers’ cars.
They smashed windows and solar heating units and vandalized cars, before leaving voluntarily after soldiers entered the village.