JERUSALEM (Dec. 23)
Violent clashes erupted Wednesday in the Gaza Strip, killing two brothers, as Israel lifted a two-week ban on movement into Israel proper.
Palestinian sources claimed Israeli troops wounded more than 40 during demonstrations by rock-throwers in Gaza and Khan Yunis. But the Israeli announcement spoke of only 12 hurt.
Despite the unrest, close to 24,000 Gazans crossed to jobs in Israel.
But tensions remained high in the strip, where six Palestinians were killed in riots last weekend sparked by Israel’s expulsion of 415 Moslem fundamentalists.
Residents of Khan Yunis say Ismael Abadin, 27, and his brother Mohammed, 30, were merely sitting at home and not engaged in throwing stones when they were killed in Wednesday’s riots. Israeli military sources could not immediately determine the cause of their death.
Israel denies claims by Palestinians that changes have been introduced into standing orders for opening fire. Gazans claim soldiers now apparently shoot with the intention of hitting rock-throwers. They say most of the wounded were hit in the leg.