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1 Arab Reportedly Killed, 15 Hurt During Strike in Gaza

June 18, 1989|From Associated Press

JERUSALEM — Israeli soldiers reportedly shot and killed a 15-year-old Palestinian and wounded 15 Arabs in clashes that broke out Saturday during a Palestinian strike to protest Israel's Middle East peace plan.

Also Saturday, troops reportedly burned uniforms belonging to Arab militants. According to an Arab report, the soldiers also torched several copies of the Koran, the holy book of Muslims, along with the uniforms.

Arab reports said the strike was observed in the seaside Gaza Strip, where troops on Friday killed three Palestinians.

New confrontations were reported Saturday, and officials at Gaza City's Shifa Hospital said they treated eight wounded.

In the Khan Yunis refugee camp, soldiers shot Akram Mohammed Schade Saada in the neck, and he later died at the nearby Nasser Hospital, hospital officials and Israel Radio reported. The military command said it was checking the report.

The army immediately imposed a curfew on the camp, forcing its 35,000 residents to stay indoors, Arab reports said.

Seven Palestinians were wounded in scattered clashes in the West Bank, including a 13-year-old boy shot in the leg during an army raid on the village of Burin, hospital officials said. The army confirmed one wounded.

During one raid, soldiers uncovered a cache of uniforms belonging to activists of the Palestinian Popular Army, an umbrella group of uprising leaders linked to the Palestine Liberation Organization. The uniforms were hidden in an Islamic shrine, and soldiers burned them together with several copies of the Koran, Arab reports said.

About 500 Arabs have been killed since December, 1987, when the uprising against Israeli rule of the occupied Gaza Strip and West Bank began. Nineteen Israelis have died.

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