Israeli military deploys, settlers open fire in Hebron

Israeli army deploys across cities, as decided by Israeli cabinet meeting, while armed settlers open fire at Palestinian homes in Hebron, under Israeli police protection

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Palestinian protesters gesture during clashes with Israeli troops near the Jewish settlement of Bet El, near the West Bank city of Ramallah October 13, 2015.

Israel's military on Wednesday announced that armed forces will begin to deploy hundreds of fully armed troops and personnel across Israeli cities and occupied territories.

The move came on the same day the armed Israeli settlers started shooting live bullets at Palestinian homes in the Hebron-area village of Wad al Hisn, under the protection of Israeli police who detained nine Palestinians while ransacking homes.

Israel's security cabinet have issued the army deployment decision, as well authorising the Israeli police to seal off Arab sectors of East Jerusalem after increasing cases of random attacks between Jews and Arabs.

A woman stands at a window overlooking a pro-Palestinian demonstration in the northern Israeli town of Sakhnin October 13, 2015.

The cabinet also decided to strip residency rights and demolish homes of some Palestinians accused by the Israeli side of staging knife attacks in East Jerusalem.

Demolishing homes is illegal under international law, however, the Israeli government practises it widely against Palestinian homes in the West Bank.

In Hebron, settlers from the illegal Givat Gal camp, opened live fire on homes in the village, according to Ma’an news agency, witnesses said a Palestinian teenager was shot in the chest and is currently in critical condition.

Israeli soldiers take up a position during clashes with Palestinian protesters in the West Bank city of Hebron October 13, 2015.

Witnesses also say that settlers’ aggression is occurring daily, even before the start of the recent wave of violence, especially that the Palestinian authority has no jurisdiction over the settlers, and the Israeli police often helps them vandalise Palestinian homes and attack unarmed civilians.

At least eight Israelis and 29 Palestinians have been killed so far since the start of the unrest.

This unrest started on the eve of the Jewish new year’s Rosh Hashanah, when increasing Jewish visitation to Islam’s holy al Aqsa mosque peaked mid September, and agitated Palestinian mosque goers.

An Israeli border policeman fires rubber-coated metal bullets at Palestinian protesters during clashes in the West Bank city of Hebron October 13, 2015.

On Tuesday alone, dubbed ‘day of rage’ by Palestinian protesters, 3 Israelis and 3 Palestinians died. A particularly bloody day resulted in over 400 Palestinians injured during clashes in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip, the Palestinian Red Crescent said.

With at least 31 of them shot with live fire by Israeli security forces, that as usual used excessive forces while dispersing Palestinian protesters, using its wide palette of means, including tear gas, water cannons, rubber bullets and live fire. And regarding settlers’ violence, over 130 attacks were carried out only in the first week of October.


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