IDF troops kill Palestinian in Gaza
Israel Defense Forces troops in the Gaza Strip on Thursday afternoon shot dead a Palestinian man they considered to be acting in a suspicious manner.
The Palestinian, who was apparently unarmed, ran toward the entrance of an IDF base near Netzarim junction and did not stop when troops fired warning shots, IDF sources said.
The area is closed to Palestinians.
Al-Aqsa Brigades issue ultimatumA Hamas militant was killed and two Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades members were wounded Wednesday when undercover Israeli troops opened fire at a vehicle in the West Bank city of Qalqilyah, witnesses said.
They said that a 14-year-old boy who stood nearby was also wounded by the gunfire.
An Israel Defense Forces source confirmed the raid and said troops shot a militant who fled in a vehicle to avoid arrest.
After the raid, the Al-Aqsa Brigades - which is affiliated with Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah movement - threatened to scrap the de facto cease-fire reached with Abbas if the IDF did not halt raids against their members within 24 hours.
"We demand that all killings, liquidations and incursions into Palestinian cities stop within the coming 24 hours," Abu Mohammed, a spokesman for the Brigades, told a news conference in Gaza City on Wednesday.
"If not... we will find ourselves free of any commitment and will then respond to Zionist crimes by striking anywhere and at any time of our choosing," said Abu Mohammed, who was masked and flanked by militants brandishing assault rifles.
"Our blood will not be the only blood shed and funerals will not be held by Palestinians only."
Abu Mohammed emphasized that the Brigades still stood by their commitment to Abbas to maintain restraint.
Abbas also expressed concern over the raid Wednesday.
"The Israelis are continuing with these operations," Abbas said. "They know that we are fully committed to calming things down and they have to be responsible. They have to stop these operations so as not to ruin our efforts."