Israel Kills 7 Palestinian Protesters In Gaza

Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman on Friday ordered an "immediate" halt to deliveries of fuel to the Gaza Strip after violent clashes with Palestinians on the Gaza-Israel border.

RAMALLAH, Palestinian Territories: A Palestinian woman died of her wounds after Israeli settlers in the occupied West Bank threw stones at the vehicle she was travelling in, Palestinian security sources and media said Saturday (Oct 13).

Egypt and the United Nations had sought a deal whereby Hamas ended the protests in exchange for an easing of Israel's crippling blockade.

Qatari-bought fuel began arriving on Tuesday in a bid to alleviate the humanitarian situation in the besieged enclave and prevent any escalation in Israeli-Palestinian violence.

Among the 252 Palestinians injured, 154 were shot by gunshots, including 50 children, 10 women, two paramedics and one local journalist.

They assailants subsequently approached an Israeli border post and were shot, the statement said.

Israeli troops killed six Palestinians as thousands thronged the border area in a Hamas-staged demonstration.

Palestinian terrorists attacked Jewish villages and towns in the area with incendiary balloons, increased stabbing attacks on IDF soldiers and also resumed shooting attacks on Israeli soldiers and citizens. And on Thursday, a Palestinian man stabbed and wounded an Israeli soldier, raising the possibility of a revenge attack.

The Israeli military said that the demonstrators, numbering around 15,000, had been "hurling rocks, explosive devices, firebombs and grenades" at Israeli troops and at the fence.

The main border crossing to deliver fuel to Gaza had been closed by Israel for weeks on two separate occasions in July and August.

The fuel deliveries were aimed at easing months of protests along the separation fence east of Gaza, which has been under a crippling Israeli and Egyptian blockade for more than a decade.

Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh pledged that the border violence would continue, saying, "Woe to you if you stop the march of return before the siege is lifted".

Palestinian protesters run for cover from teargas fired by Israeli troops during a protest at the Gaza Strip's border with Israel, Friday, Oct. 12, 2018.

  • Joey Payne