New clashes in Gaza after multiple stabbing incidents

Tension escalates in east of Gaza after surge in violent knife attacks

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Tension rises in east of Gaza City and Khan Yunis along the border with the southern Gaza Strip, October 10, 2015.

Updated Oct 10, 2015

Two Bedouins and two Palestinians on Friday were stabbed by an Israeli youth in the southern Israeli city of Dimona, in what police described as an attack which had a “nationalistic” motive. The stabbing incidents were followed by soaring violence between Israelis and Palestinians.

According to media reports, two of the victims suffered moderate wounds while two other were slightly injured.

The mayor of Dimona, Benny Biton, speaking to Israel Radio said the suspected attacker was a resident of the town who was "known to police," and has now been arrested by authorities. 

Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu condemned the attack which wounded four Arabs.

Following the attack, an Israeli Palestinian woman was shot and wounded by Israeli security officers after allegedly attempting to stab a security guard at Afula bus station. The security guard is reported to have moderate injuries. 

The increasing attacks in the West Bank and Jerusalem have sparked fears of a third uprising.

Hamas Gaza chief has said "Current crisis in West Bank is new intifada”

Meanwhile, at least 5 Palestinians are reported to have been killed, while more than 20 were wounded in violent clashes on Friday between Palestinian youth and Israeli forces in east of Gaza City and Khan Yunis along the border with the southern Gaza Strip.

Anadolu Agency photographer, Metin Yuksel Kaya was also wounded by Israeli gunfire while covering clashes in al Shujaiyeh neighborhood, east of Gaza City.

Witnesses have reported that Israeli snipers fired at them from along the border fence, 400 metres away from where the Palestinians were protesting. 

Demonstrations were called to march in solidarity with Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem.  

Occupied Jerusalem has witnessed increasing violence in the past three weeks. Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas has warned that the unrest could trigger “third intifada” and the situation has been steadily escalating since October 3. 

On Wednesday, undercover Israeli policemen in Ramallah mixed in with a crowd of Palestinian protesters and started throwing stones at security forces, thus inciting Palestinians to do the same.

Two Palestinians were shot with live bullets and were seen bleeding in a video, they were seriously injured and repeatedly beaten by both the undercover elements and the Israeli security forces.

TRTWorld and agencies