Palestinians hurt in Israeli attack

Israeli shoots two in East Jerusalem after stone-throwing protest, police say.

    The attack came a day before George Mitchell, the US envoy, was due to arrive in the region for talks [AFP]

    Shmuel Ben-Ruby, another Israeli police spokesman, said that a 13-year-old boy was among the casualties, who were lightly wounded.

    He said police arrested the armed man at the scene.

    The future status of predominantly Arab East Jerusalem has been a key issue in stalled peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians. 

     Planning for Peace

     

     Video: Palestinian security reform
     Video: The settlements issue
     Video: Israeli plan angers refugees
      Analysis: Jerusalem's myriad divisions
      Palestinians: No homeland in Jordan
     Palestinian refugees key to Peace

    Israel annexed East Jerusalem and declared the whole city its capital after the 1967 Middle East war, a move not recognised by the international community.

    The Palestinians want East Jerusalem as the capital of a future independent state and have accused Israel of trying to alter the social make-up of the area by destroying Palestinian homes and building Jewish settlements.

    George Mitchell, the senior US envoy to the Middle East, was due to arrive in the region on Saturday for a fresh round of talks aimed at restarting the peace process.

    Negotiations have been stalled since the Israeli military launched its 22-day offensive in the Gaza Strip in December last year.

    His visit comes ahead of reports of a possible meeting between Binyamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president, and Barack Obama, the US president, at the UN General Assembly later in September.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Interactive: Take a tour through divided Jerusalem

    Interactive: Take a tour through divided Jerusalem

    Take a tour through East and West Jerusalem to see the difference in quality of life for Israelis and Palestinians.

    Stories from the sex trade

    Stories from the sex trade

    Dutch sex workers, pimps and johns share their stories.

    Inside the world of India's booming fertility industry

    Inside the world of India's booming fertility industry

    As the stigma associated with being childless persists, some elderly women in India risk it all to become mothers.