Dailies highlight Israeli police killing of three Palestinians
The Gaza Post | The News of Palestine – Jerusalem
The front page highlight of the Saturday issue of the three Palestinian Arabic dailies was the Israeli police shooting and killing of three Palestinians in East Jerusalem.
The three papers said police shot and killed three Palestinians, all teenagers from the village of Deir Abu Mishal, near Ramallah.
The three allegedly attacked Israeli police near the Old City, killing one and injuring four others.
One Palestinian, a 30-year-old resident of Hebron, who happened to be in the area was shot by police and apparently seriously injured. He was first reported to have been involved in the attack and killed but the police later said he, and four other Palestinians, was apparently shot by mistake and was still alive.
Al-Hayat al-Jadida said the Israeli army raided Deir Abu Mishal and restricted movement of its residents.
Al-Quds said Israel imposed collective punishment on the Palestinians following the incident and cancelled all permits that allow Palestinians to enter Israel during Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr that follows.
Al-Ayyam said Fatah condemned the police killing of the three Palestinians and called for international protection for the Palestinian people.
In other news, the papers said an estimated 300,000 Muslims prayed at Al-Aqsa Mosque on the third Friday of Ramadan. They printed pictures showing the masses filling the yards of the mosque as they stand in lines for the prayer.
The papers also reported on the weekly Friday anti-wall, anti-settlements protests in the West Bank and Israeli army crackdown on these protests.
Al-Ayyam said the US envoy to the Middle East, Jason Greenblatt, is expected in the region before the end of this month to continue peace efforts.
Al-Quds said the new US ambassador to Israel is expected to visit an illegal Israeli settlement in the occupied Syrian Golan Heights, which, if it does happen, will be the first for a US diplomat to an Israeli settlement. The US ambassador, David Freidman, is a known supporter of settlements.
The paper also said the Palestinians intend to ask UNESCO to declare the old city of Hebron and its Ibrahimi mosque as a Palestinian world heritage sites.
It also said, quoting informed sources, that Egypt is planning to supply the Gaza Strip with fuel to run its power plant in light of the severe electricity shortage it is facing.