Sunday, November 22, 2015

Israeli woman and attacker killed, settlers kill two Palestinians, one of them a girl of 16

The teener Ashraqat Qatanani, who was killed by settler leader Gershon Mesika. (Photos  from Twitter)

 Updated. A 21-year-old Jewish Israeli woman who was seriously wounded in a stabbing attack in the Gush Etzion region in the West Bank on Sunday died subsequently of her wounds. She was identified as Hadar Buchris, from Safed. Soldiers shot and killed her assailant, who the Shin Bet security service identified as 34-year-old Isam Thwabteh from Beit Fajar, a village near Bethlehem. He was the 94th Palestinian to die from Israeli bullets since  October.
 Earlier on Sunday a Palestinian taxidriver was shot and killed near the Israeli settlement of Kfar Adumim  into his taxi collided with another car on a main road. It is unclear if the car crash was an attack or an accident. However following the incident, an Israeli settler said the Palestinian exited the car wielding a knife. Hebrew media reported that an Israeli settler then shot the Palestinian dead at the scene.Israeli news site Ynet reported that the Israeli settler "was lightly wounded, suffering a scratch to his hand," adding that it was unclear whether the scratch came from the car crash or the alleged attempted stabbing attack.
 Less than an hour before the incident, a prominent Israeli settler, the former head of the "Samaria regional council," Gershon Mesika, ran over a Palestinian girl, 16, before shooting her dead.

The killed taxidriver

Mesika suspected the teen was about to carry out a stabbing attack at Huwwara checkpoint, in the northern occupied West Bank district of Nablus, Israeli media reported.The teenager has been identified as Ashraqat Taha Ahmad Qatanani from Nablus. After running the girl over with his car, landing in a ditch, Mesika reportedly got out of his car and began opening fire, alongside Israeli forces who also opened fire, Israeli media reported. IMEMC reports that witnesses said that the girl did not intnd to harm anyone. On the picture a knife is to be seen near Ashraqat's corpse, but according to the witnesses someone pout it there afterwards. (It is the kind of knife that is always seen in pictures of Palestinians who have been accused of planning  an attack and subsequently were shot dead by the army. One starts to suspect that the army has a stockpile of these cheap kitchen knives just in order to be able to plant them next to corpses. Or is this remark too cynical?)
Gershon Mesika
On Saturday evening, a Palestinian, identified as Muhammad Shaker al-Tarda,18, stabbed and wounded four Israelis, including a 13-year-old girl, in the southern Israeli city of Kiryat Gat, before being arrested hours later, Israeli police said.
Israeli police spokesperson Micky Rosenfeld said at the time that an Israeli man was seriously wounded and two women and a 13-year-old girl moderately wounded in what he described as a "confirmed terrorist attack," which took place on the city's King David Street. Shortly afterwards, Israeli police said that a mob of Israeli civilians violently beat and bound the hands of a Palestinian Bedouin man they incorrectly believed was the attacker.
Israeli forces on Saturday evening shot and wounded a Palestinian who was attempting to rush through a Qalqiliya-district checkpoint to reach a hospital in Nablus where his father had passed away, Palestinian sources said.The Palestinian was identified as Hamada Abd al-Aziz Atwani, 27, from al-Jiftlik village north of Jericho. After his family informed him that his father had passed away in Rafidia hospital in Nablus, he attempted to leave Israel, where he works, and enter the occupied West Bank through the Oranit crossing south of Qalaqiliya. Palestinian sources said that he told Israeli soldiers at the crossing that he had an emergency. However, an Israeli army spokesperson said that he "attempted to run past the crossing," and when Israeli forces sought to stop him, he "attacked" them. She said that Israeli forces then opened fire on his "lower extremities," and Atwani had to be evacuated for medical treatment. At least 156 Palestinians were shot and injured by Israeli forces during clashes in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip on Friday, the Palestinian ministry of health said.
The ministry of health said 69 Palestinians were injured with live fire in the West Bank, with 29 shot in the Ramallah area, two in Bethlehem, and three in Qalqiliya.The Red Crescent told Ma’an earlier in the day that 12 Palestinians were shot with live fire in their lower extremities in Hebron, and that 210 were treated for tear gas inhalation.A further 54 Palestinians were shot with rubber-coated steel bullets during clashes across the occupied area, and one demonstrator was severely beaten, according to the ministry.
In Gaza, 33 Palestinians were shot with live fire as clashes broke out in the central and eastern Gaza Strip.

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