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Israel kills four Palestinians, including amputee, in Gaza and West Bank as clashes continue

Palestinian protesters clashing with Israeli forces in eastern Gaza on Friday [AFP]

Date of publication: 15 December, 2017

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Four Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces on Friday during protests against Washington's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital continue.
Four Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces on Friday during protests against Washington's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital continue.

The deaths come as clashes broke out across the West Bank and along Gaza's border on Friday as the fallout over US President Donald Trump's announcement last week rages on.

Gaza Health Ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Kidra said two Palestinians were killed from gunshots to the head, including Palestinian amputee Ibrahim Abu Thuraya, who had lost both of his legs during the Israeli offensive on Gaza in 2008. He was shot in the head and died with a Palestinian flag in his hands.

The other Palestinian killed in Gaza was identified by local sources as as Yasser Naji.

Bassel Ibrahim, 24, was also shot dead by Israeli forces in Anata, a town between the West Bank and Jerusalem. 

The fourth, Mohammed Aqal, 29, was killed by Israeli forces after he allegedly stabbed a border police officer at a checkpoint in the occupied West Bank while wearing what appeared to be a suicide vest. He was shot three times by police and was taken to hospital, but died of his wounds hours later, the health ministry said.

Translation: A heinous crime. Pictures of Ibrahim Abu Thuraya martyred by the Israeli occupation today in the east of Gaza City, where he was holding the Palestinian flag, after occupation soldiers shot him in the head. He lost both legs as a result of Israeli aggression in 2008.

Another 164 Palestinians have been injured in clashes in several locations, at least five of whom were seriously wounded, Kidra said.

Eight people have now been killed since Trump's declaration on December 6.

Sources told The New Arab that Israeli forces used an unknown gas on Palestinians in the Gazan city of Rafah. The most common symptom those subjected to the gas are experiencing is heart palpations.

Scores of casualties have taken place in the north of the besieged enclave, at the Beit Hanoun checkpoint.

Meanwhile in occupied West Bank and Jerusalem, Israeli soldiers were using dogs to attack Palestinian youth in Jerusalem as violence broke out.

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