Palestinians Say 44 Killed, Over 1,800 Wounded in Recent Violence

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In this Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015 file photo, an injured Palestinian demonstrator is helped during clashes at the Hawara checkpoint near of the West Bank city of Nablus.Credit: AP
Jack Khoury

The Palestinian Health Ministry reported Sunday that 44 Palestinians have been killed in the recent wave of violence, a number that includes those who carried out terror attacks. This does not include the terrorist killed in Sunday night’s attack in Be’er Sheva.

According to the data, 30 of those killed are from the West Bank or East Jerusalem, and another 14 were killed in the Gaza Strip. The Palestinian Authority stressed that 11 of the dead were aged 16 or younger.

Palestinian evacuate a wounded protester after he was shot by Israeli troops during clashes near the border with Israel, in the east of Gaza City October 16, 2015.Credit: Reuters

The ministry added that 1,829 people had been wounded by live fire or rubber-tipped bullets, and hundreds more suffered tear gas inhalation.

Sunday there were clashes in Hebron, Tul Karm and Bethlehem, and disturbances near the Al-Bureij refugee camp in Gaza. Hamas called Sunday to upgrade the intifada and broaden it to defend the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem. The call came from Hamas’ spokesman in Gaza, Sami Abu Zuhri, who did not elaborate.

A Palestinian youth raises a knife during clashes with Israeli security forces (unseen) in the West Bank city of Tulkarem on October 18, 2015.Credit: AFP

The office of PA President Mahmoud Abbas denied that a meeting had been scheduled between himself and visiting U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. According to a senior official, the PA is waiting until Kerry meets with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu this week, since at this point there is no concrete Israeli or American proposal to discuss.

Kerry is scheduled to meet Netanyahu on Thursday and will then fly to Amman on Saturday for meetings with Abbas and King Hussein of Jordan.

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