Israel halts fuel deliveries into Gaza amid deadly clashes with Palestinian protesters

Oct 14, 2018, 15:25
Israel halts fuel deliveries into Gaza amid deadly clashes with Palestinian protesters

Six Palestinians were martyred in new clashes along the Gaza-Israel border on Friday, the health ministry in the Hamas-run enclave said.

In Gaza, Israeli forces killed seven Palestinians on Friday, including two teenage boys.

A Palestinian protester hurls stones towards Israeli troops during a protest at the Gaza Strip's border with Israel, Friday, Oct. 12, 2018.

A group of Israeli paramilitary settlers attacked a Palestinian couple south of Nablus, in the northern part of the West Bank, on Friday, killing the woman and severely injuring her husband.

In recent weeks, protests have begun occurring on other days as well, ratcheting up the tension between Israel and militant factions in Gaza, led by Hamas.

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At least 140 Palestinians have been killed during protests since late March, according to AP figures.

He said around five of the group had then launched an organised attack against a military post inside Israel and all had been killed by the troops.

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

The majority were killed during border demonstrations, though others have died in airstrikes and tank shelling.

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.

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Israeli Police Spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said: "Police arrived in the area and have opened an investigation into the circumstances behind the incident reported".

Since March, Hamas has orchestrated near-weekly protests along the fence.

"The rioters are burning tires and are hurling rocks, explosive devices, firebombs and grenades at IDF troops and the security fence", according to an IDF statement.

Israel has seen thousands of liters of Qatari-bought fuel trucked into Gaza daily to boost the impoverished territory's electricity supply, after a deal, brokered by the United Nations and backed by the United States, was reached earlier this week.

Liberman's statement on halting fuel to Gaza came after Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh cheered for the continued violence on Gaza's border.

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