Palestinian killed in Gaza clash; new Hebron riot
July 2, 1997
Web posted at: 11:06 a.m. EDT (1506 GMT)
DEIR EL BALAH, Gaza Strip (CNN) -- Israeli troops battling
dozens of rock-throwers during a land dispute in the Gaza
Strip shot dead a Palestinian teen-ager on Wednesday.
In a separate Palestinian protest in the West Bank town of
Hebron, soldiers pelted with stones and firebombs shot rubber
bullets and live ammunition, wounding at least 17 Arabs.
The violence in Palestinian-ruled Gaza began when a dozen
bulldozers, guarded by troops, cleared land near the Jewish
settlement of Gush Katif.
Palestinians, claiming the land was privately owned, began
throwing stones, and soldiers responded with live rounds and
Maher Assar, 18, was seriously wounded in the chest, and died
later of his injuries, said doctors at Shifa Hospital in Gaza
The Israeli army said the disputed land lay in an area under
full Israeli security and civilian control.
In Hebron, Israeli snipers perched on rooftops fired live
rounds at Palestinian rioters to stop a deluge of stones and
Four Palestinians, including a 12-year-old boy, were wounded
by live fire in the legs, and 13 were hit by rubber bullets.
Wednesday marked the first time in weeks that Israeli troops
used live ammunition in Hebron. An Israeli army spokesman
said live ammunition is used only when rioting threatens
On Tuesday, two Israeli soldiers were seriously wounded in
Hebron when a pipe bomb blew up under them.
Yasser Arafat's West Bank security chief, Jibril Rajoub,
warned that the violence would intensify unless Israeli Prime
Minister Benjamin Netanyahu carried out the peace agreements
Rajoub said Palestinian police would make no effort to stop
the rioting. "We are not in charge of guarding Netanyahu's
policies against the Palestinian people," he said.
The latest Hebron violence was triggered in part by an
Israeli woman who made up leaflets depicting the Prophet
Mohammed as a pig and posted them on Arab shops over the
Israeli-Palestinian clashes have occurred almost daily since
March when Israel began work on a Jewish settlement on
disputed land in the southeastern outskirts of Jerusalem.
Correspondent Jerrold Kessel and
Reuters contributed to this report.
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