Newspaper Review: Fatal Shooting of Israeli Soldier in Alleged West Bank Attack

RAMALLAH, February 25, 2016 (WAFA) – The fatal shooting of an Israeli reserve soldier by friendly fire after soldiers opened fire on an alleged Palestinian attacker near Gush Etzion settlement bloc, south of Bethlehem, hit the front page headlines in the dailies.

The three dailies reported that an Israeli officer was shot dead by friendly fire when soldiers opened fire at and wounded a Palestinian who attempted to carry out a stabbing attack near Gush Etzion.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida explained that the young Palestinian man came under fire after he allegedly attempted to carry out a stabbing attack.

Al-Quds reported that Israeli forces continued to open fire at Palestinian Gaza fishermen and farmers.

Highlighting demolition orders, al-Quds reported that Israeli forces handed the families of three Palestinian teens, who were recently killed by troops, orders to demolish their houses in the Jenin town of Qabatiya.

It is worth explaining that the demolition orders were handed to the families of Ahmad Zakarneh, Tawfiq Abur-Rob and Ahmad Abur-Rob, who were killed by Israeli police in Jerusalem after they reportedly carried out a stabbing and gunfire attack which killed one Israeli policeman on February 3.

Al-Quds and al-Ayyam added that forces also handed orders to demolish nine Palestinian houses in the Jerusalem neighborhood of al-Issawiya.

Highlighting the health condition of hunger-striking detainee Muhammad al-Qiq, al-Quds reported Hiba Masalha, an attorney for the Palestinian Detainees and Ex-Detainees’ Committee, reporting medics as anticipating that al-Qiq would die suddenly at any moment.

Masalha was quoted in al-Ayyam as saying al-Qiq was suffering from low heart rate and there were growing concerns that he would die as a result of a heart attack.

Covering the persistent strike of Palestinian public teachers, al-Quds highlighted calls for starting a serious dialogue between all parties concerned as well as for teachers to immediately return to work.

The three dailies reported that a Palestinian security officer, who had been detained by Israel, was shot dead by unidentified gunmen in the Jenin town of Silat al-Harithiya.

Al-Quds reported that Israel has prevented Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta from going to Ramallah to meet President Mahmoud Abbas.

Highlighting Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah’s meeting with his Bulgarian counterpart Boyko Bolisov and Foreign Minister Daniel Mitov in Ramallah, Hamdallah was reported in al-Ayyam as calling on Bolisov to put pressure on Israel to release hunger-striking detainee, Muhammad al-Qiq, who has been on hunger strike for over 90 days in Israeli custody.

 

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