Palestinian woman killed as Israeli settlers attack vehicle in Nablus

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The prospects of peace in Gaza following the Qatar fuel deal were shattered on Friday when seven Palestinians were killed and dozens more injured in the Gaza Strip in clashes with Israel Defense Forces (IDF), according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health.

Palestinians on Saturday buried eight of their dead - a woman killed when a stone hit her in the head while riding in a vehicle in the West Bank, an attack blamed on Jewish settlers, and seven who were shot by Israeli troops during protests in Gaza the previous day.

Four Palestinians were killed along the fence east of Al-Bureij in the centre of the Gaza Strip, while one died east of Gaza City, Dr Ashraf al-Qedra, spokesman for the health ministry, said.

Palestinians carry a wounded man during clashes with Israeli troops on the Gaza-Israel border, east of Gaza City, on October 12, 2018.

Israel accuses the Islamist group Hamas, which controls Gaza, of orchestrating the protests along the border fence to provide cover for attacks and to distract from Gaza's economic plight.

Qatari-bought fuel began arriving on Tuesday in a bid to alleviate the humanitarian situation in the besieged enclave and prevent any escalation in Israeli-Palestinian violence.


He said around five of the group had then launched an organised attack against a military post inside Israel and all had been killed by the troops.

In the most serious incident, in the south of the Strip, the IDF said several Gazans planted a bomb by the fence. And on Thursday, a Palestinian man stabbed and wounded an Israeli soldier, raising the possibility of a revenge attack.

The Israeli military said 14,000 Palestinians thronged the border fence areas Friday.

"As long as the violence in the Gaza Strip does not stop completely, including the sending of incendiary balloons and burning tires toward the Israeli towns, the fuel and gas supplies to the Gaza Strip will not be replenished", Liberman wrote on Twitter Saturday evening, Israel's Channel Two reported.

Hamas, meanwhile, has stepped up its violent campaign against Israel and on Friday last week organized one of the largest violent demonstrations along the border with Israel since the beginning of the "Great March of Return" at the end of March.

Palestinian Hamas top leader Ismail Haniyeh, waves to protesters during a protest at the Gaza Strip's border with Israel, Friday, Oct. 12, 2018.

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