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GAZA CITY, June 18, 2018 (News Wires) - A Palestinian was killed by Israeli fire on Monday near the Gaza Strip's border with Israel, the health ministry in the Hamas-ruled territory said.

An Israeli army statement said "several terrorists were injured" in an explosion as they attempted to carry out sabotage near the border fence, but made no mention of troops opening fire.

The health ministry said in a statement that "Sabri Ahmed Abu Khader, 24, was killed by bullets of the (Israeli) occupation forces."

It did not add further details on the circumstances of the incident.

At least 131 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli gunfire since major border protests broke out at the end of March.

No Israelis have been killed.

The Israeli army said five "terrorists" had "attempted to sabotage a security infrastructure in the area of the barrier in the northern Gaza Strip".

"The security infrastructure exploded," it said in English. "Subsequently, several terrorists were injured."

Earlier Monday, Israeli warplanes conducted strikes against nine Hamas "military targets" in the northern Gaza Strip in response to incendiary kites being sent into Israeli territory, the army said.

The attacks targeted two Hamas military sites and a munitions manufacturing site, the military said in a statement, without specifying whether the raids had resulted in casualties.

Palestinian security sources said nobody was wounded in the morning air strikes.

 

RAMALLAH, June 18, 2018 (MENA) - Dozens of Israeli settlers broke into the courtyards of Al-Aqsa Mosque Monday under tight security measures by Israeli police.

The settlers stormed the Mosque from al Maghreb Gate.

Israeli police set up a military checkpoint on the rooftop of the Bab al Rahma cemetery outside the eastern wall of al-Aqsa Mosque.

The settlers toured the mosque, while occupation troops held Abdullah Abu Taleb, the security chief of the Mosque, for hours before letting him go, eyewitnesses said.

GAZA CITY, June 18, 2018 (MENA) - Israeli warplanes early Monday morning carried out a series of airstrikes on multiple locations across Gaza City and the northern Gaza Strip, leaving damages to the bombed sites and causing fear among the local citizens, according to Palestinian sources.

Israeli fighter jets bombed with missiles a number of targets in Tel Al Zaatar site which is affiliated to Qassam Brigades, destroying them and causing partial damages to neighboring structures.

Fighter jets also bombed a target and destroyed it in the town of Beit Lahia, north of Gaza, setting it on fire.

Warplanes further bombed with missiles a target near Shati refugee camp in Gaza City and destroyed it. Partial damages were reported in neighboring homes.

Israeli air force also hit another site to the northwest of Gaza City, destroyed it and caused damages to neighboring homes.

There were no reports of human casualties in any of the Israeli airstrikes in spite of the degree of the resulting damage.

The Israeli occupation forces claimed that the bombings came in response to the flying by Palestinian protesters of kites with burning materials into southern Israel setting fields ablaze.

TEL AVIV, June 18, 2018 (News Wires) - Israel said it arrested more than 20 people and seized explosives when it dismantled a Hamas cell it alleged was preparing “serious attacks” against Israeli targets.

The cell’s members were mainly from Nablus city in the north of the occupied West Bank and it was active for about six months until being dismantled in April, Israel’s Shin Bet internal security agency said in a statement.

“We made arrests and neutralised explosives that were to be used against Israeli targets,” Israeli army officer Guy Rousso told journalists.

“We found a seven-kilogram bomb ready for use in a Palestinian village near Nablus,” added Rousso, who took part in the operation.

“The arrests demonstrate once again the will and efforts of Hamas to put in place terrorist infrastructure to commit attacks in Israel,” Shin Bet said.

The West Bank is governed by the Palestinian Authority, led by president Mahmoud Abbas.

At least 130 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire since the start of protests along the border between Israel and Gaza on March 30.

Ramallah, June 17, 2018 (MENA) - Palestinian presidential spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeina said late Saturday that the rhetoric about a planned US tour to Mideast to push forward what it was called as the “Deal of the Century” would never make a difference.

The tour will be seen a waste of time and will be doomed to failure, as long as it continues to bypass the Palestinian legitimacy, which sticks to the basics and principles agreed upon by the Arabs through the Arab League resolutions and the international community via the UNSC, Abu Rudeina said.

The US move, kicked off in New York and UN, and aimed at isolating Gaza in return of waiver of Al Quds and its sanctuaries, will end in vain, and will lead to more regional destabilization, he added.

It is requested from the US administration to stop ignoring the Palestinian legitimacy and to adhere to the internationally agreed two-state solution, by establishing an independent Palestinian state on 1976 borders, with Al Quds as its capital, if it wishes to make an end to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

 

RAMALLAH, June 13, 2018 (MENA) - At least eight Palestinians were injured Wednesday during clashes with Israeli occupation forces at al-Am'ari refugee camp in Ramallah with most of them suffering bullet wounds, according to the Palestine Red Crescent Society.

The Israeli troops also arrested a Palestinian man, 32, under the pretext of killing an Israeli soldier at al-Am'ari camp three weeks ago.

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