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Israel's Netanyahu hits out at Abbas over attacks
Published Thursday 26/12/2013 (updated) 26/12/2013 16:15
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu chairs the weekly cabinet
meeting at his Jerusalem office on Dec. 22, 2013 (AFP/Gali Tibbon)
JERUSALEM (AFP) -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expressed disappointment Wednesday that Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas has failed to condemn fresh attacks on Israelis, as a watchdog questioned the legality of Israeli reprisals.

An Israeli man was shot dead Tuesday while working on the border fence with the Gaza Strip, and the Israeli military retaliated with a wave of strikes that killed a toddler and wounded six other Palestinians.

The retaliation, which also came a day after a Palestinian stabbed an Israeli policeman in the West Bank, prompted an Israeli human rights group to demand a probe into what it called an "unlawful" attack on a civilian home.

"The terrorist attacks of recent days against Israelis are the direct result of incitement to hatred in the press and broadcast in Palestinian schools," Netanyahu said in a statement.

The premier said he was "disappointed that president Abbas has not yet condemned the recent terrorist acts as one would expect from a partner in peace negotiations."

Abbas governs autonomous areas of the West Bank, while the Gaza Strip has been controlled by the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas since 2007.

Israeli forces frequently shoot at farmers and other civilians inside the Gaza Strip if they approach large swathes of land near the border that the Israeli military has deemed off-limits to Palestinians.

The "security buffer zone" extends between 500 meters and 1500 meters into the Strip, effectively turning local farms into no-go zones.

In the statement posted Wednesday on his Facebook page, Netanyahu warned Israel would hit back hard against any attacks, saying: "I would not advise anyone to test us."

Israeli human rights group B'tselem meanwhile accused the Israeli military of firing three tank shells at a house about 500 meters (yards) from the border, killing a two-year-old girl as she played in the yard.

B'tselem questioned the reason behind the attack on what it said was a family home, and cited the girl's uncle as saying "there was no activity by armed Palestinians in the area at the time."

It called on the Israeli military to open an investigation into what it called an illegal attack.

"Deliberate firing at a home occupied by civilians, without its inhabitants having been given any prior warning and without the military ensuring that the civilians have vacated the premises, as appears to be the case in this situation, is unlawful," said B'tselem.

"The military must launch an immediate investigation of the incident, including questioning those directly responsible for firing the shells as well as the senior commanders who ordered the attack," said the group, which monitors rights violations in the occupied Palestinian territories.

Ma'an staff contributed to this report
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1 ) Sarah / The Netherlands
26/12/2013 17:08
Did Netanyahu condemned the killing of 60 Palestinians this year? No, not once!

2 ) Glenn / USA
27/12/2013 15:07
When will Benjamin Netanyahu realize that Abbas is a coward. He will always speak out against Israel . He cannot control Hamas or Hezbollah. There will never be any leader of the Palestinian people who will ever speak in favor of Israel. The reason why is because that is what they believe in and if they did they will most likely be assinated by either Hamas or Hizbullah. Israel should learn to retaliate 10 times for every incident against the Jewish people.
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