Israel kills four and injures over a thousand Palestinians

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SHAFAQNA-Four Palestinians were killed in fresh Israeli airstrikes in the Gaza Strip on Saturday, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry.

In a statement, ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra said two Palestinians were recovered from under the rubble of a Hamas post struck by Israeli warplanes south of Gaza City.

The Israeli army said its forces had struck four Hamas targets in Gaza overnight following a rocket fire from the Palestinian territory into southern Israel.

Palestinian Health Ministry reported, Friday, that Israeli soldiers killed four Palestinians, and injured 1114 others, in several parts of the occupied West Bank, including occupied Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip. A baby was one of those injured on Friday.

The Ministry said that 954 Palestinians received treatment by local medics, mostly due to teargas inhalation, or after being shot with rubber-coated steel bullets, and moved 160 others, including those who were shot with live rounds, to various hospitals in the Gaza Strip, the West Bank and Jerusalem.

[Palestinians inspect the damage after Israeli air strikes hit their homes in Beit Lahia, Gaza on December 9, 2017. (Mustafa Hassona – Anadolu Agency) ]

The Health Ministry also said that five of the wounded Palestinians, from the Gaza Strip, suffering life-threatening injuries, and many others suffered moderate wounds, while the rest suffered minor injuries, such as cuts and bruises, and the effects of teargas inhalation.

Tension has risen across the West Bank and Gaza following U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision on Wednesday to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Thousands of Palestinians staged rallies across the West Bank amid clashes with Israeli forces, which left at least two protesters killed and over a thousand injured.

Jerusalem remains at the heart of the Israel-Palestine conflict, with Palestinians hoping that East Jerusalem – occupied by Israel in 1967 — might eventually serve as the capital of a future Palestinian state.

Additional report from The Muslim News & Imemc

[Photo:  A wounded baby waits for treatment at Indonesia hospital after Israeli army carried out airstikes in Beit Lahia, Gaza on December 8, 2017.  Photographer:  Mustafa Hassona/AA]

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