Israelis kill 7 Palestinians; CNN crewman abducted
Seven Palestinians were killed in scattered violence on Monday that included an Israeli airstrike in the Gaza Strip and an incursion by soldiers into a West Bank refugee camp. Also, Palestinian gunmen in Gaza City abducted an Israeli Arab working for CNN, the network reported.
The gunmen stopped a van carrying a CNN crew and seized Riad Ali, an assistant producer, said Ben Wedeman, a CNN correspondent who was present. "They just asked, 'Which one of you is Riad?' and that was it," he said. Gaza has grown increasingly lawless, and there has been a rash of kidnappings in recent months.
Most of the abductions have been related to internal Palestinian fighting and the victims have been held only a few hours, then released unharmed.
Meanwhile, Israel has been hitting hard at Palestinian factions in Gaza, and a missile strike killed one Palestinian militant and wounded three more while they where traveling in a vehicle near the southern town of Khan Yunis, Palestinian witnesses and hospital officials said.
The attack killed Ali al-Shaer, a member of the Popular Resistance Committees, a faction that has carried out numerous attacks. The main target was Muhammad Abu Nsair, who is responsible for mortar and bomb attacks against Israel, according to Israeli security officials. Nsair suffered serious wounds, according to Palestinian hospital officials.
In a separate incident in southern Gaza, a Palestinian man in his fifties was shot and killed outside a school, according to Palestinians.
The Israeli military said it had fired into a nearby area to guard against a possible attack, but was not aware of hitting any Palestinians. Also in Gaza, Israeli troops killed two Palestinians who were carrying explosives and crawling toward the perimeter fence, Gaza, the military said.
In the West Bank, a Jewish settler shot and killed a Palestinian taxi driver, said the police, who arrested the Israeli.
The Israeli man, who was not identified, said he was driving when the taxi driver came in the other direction and tried to force him off the road. The Israeli claimed he then shot in self-defense, according to the police.
Also in the West Bank, the military said that soldiers shot two armed Palestinians who approached troops during an incursion in the Balata refugee camp in Nablus. Palestinian hospital workers said both men were killed.
In Jerusalem, Israeli authorities announced the arrest of five border policemen who allegedly abused Palestinian men who were detained in an incident earlier this month.