Thursday 19 September 2019

Israeli forces kill three Palestinians at border

 

Palestinian paramedics carry a wounded protester during clashes with Israeli forces near the fence along the border with Israel. Photo: Getty Images
Palestinian paramedics carry a wounded protester during clashes with Israeli forces near the fence along the border with Israel. Photo: Getty Images

Sara Elizabeth Williams

Three Palestinians were shot and killed by an Israeli helicopter and tank at the northern Gaza border fence in a marked escalation of violence along the tense stretch of land.

Israel opened fire on what it described as "armed suspects" several hours after Palestinian militants in Gaza fired three Qassam rockets at Israel late on Saturday.

Yesterday morning, Hamas's health ministry reported three men dead and a fourth injured following the incident just north of Beit Lahia.

Hamas said in a statement that the deaths were "another crime by the Israeli occupation to be added to its grim toll against the Palestinian people's rights, land and holy sites".

No casualties were reported following Saturday's rocket attack on the southern Israeli town of Sderot. Israel's military said two rockets were intercepted by the Iron Dome air defence system, but did not comment on the third.

Saturday was the second consecutive night that residents of southern Israel heard the wail of rocket sirens, after a rocket fired on Friday was intercepted.

Israel responded to the rocket attack by carrying out strikes on what it said were two of Hamas's "underground targets" in northern and central Gaza. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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