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|JERUSALEM Doug McDermott Jersey , Sept. 20 (Xinhua) -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday that measures against Palestinian stone-throwers will be further toughened, after new rules allowing live sniper fire against them were employed by the police over the weekend.
"Over the weekend, security forces have used the new measures and struck the stone-throwers and Molotov cocktail-throwers," Netanyahu said at the start of his weekly cabinet meeting. He did not elaborate on specific incidents in which snipers fired live bullets against stone-throwers.
"Today we will approve a further expansion of the police's ability to act against the throwing of stones and Molotov cocktails," he added.
Netanyahu also said that his government is pushing forward a new legislation to impose heavier fines on parents of stone-thrower youths.
In a remark directed at the courts, Netanyahu said he also supports the setting minimum sentences against stone-throwers. "We seek to instill in all the citizens of Israel and all the judges of Israel" a norm of maximum penalties, he said.
The moves came amidst escalating clashes between Israeli police and Palestinians in Jerusalem, including an increasing number of stone and firebomb attacks on Israeli cars in the city.
The clashes were triggered by a struggle over visiting rights to the Haram al-SharifTemple Mount compound in East Jerusalem, a holy site to both Muslims and Jews.
Israeli media reported on Thursday that Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein approved a new procedure allowing police to shoot live 0.22 caliber bullets at Palestinian stone-throwers in Jerusalem.
The decision was made after an incident in which a 64-year-old Jerusalem resident, Alexander Levlovitch, was killed in a suspected stone-throwing attack at his car.
Up until now, police officers were only allowed to use less lethal rubber-coated bullets to disperse protests.
Israeli human rights watchdog B'Tselem said Thursday that based on experience gained over recent years in the West Bank, the group expects that the approval for this move "would not have the result desired by the government and rather than 'restore order' to Jerusalem, it would exacerbate the cycle of violence with lethal results."
According to the group, since the beginning of the year, dozens of Palestinians have been injured by live fire during clashes with Israeli forces, some of them sustained very serious injuries.
Twenty Palestinians were killed by security forces, many of them during stone-throwing incidents in which members of the security forces were not in mortal danger, figures by B'Tselem show.
Israel occupied east Jerusalem in the 1967 Mideast War and annexed the Palestinian villages, where 300,000 Palestinians live, in 1981, in a move considered illegal by many in the international community.
SANAA, June 17 (Xinhua) -- The Islamic States (IS) group said Wednesday that it carried out four car bombing attacks against the Shiite Houthi group in Yemen's capital of Sanaa, which killed at least 18 people and wounded dozens.
IS said in a statement posted on Twitter that its soldiers used four car bombs in the attacks against the Houthi sites, one outside the office of the Houthi political bureau, the highest decision making body, in northern Yemen, and the rest near three mosques where Houthi followers were praying.
Security sources told Xinhua that 18 Houthi supporters were killed while they were holding a ceremony on the holy month of Ramadan organized by the Houthi group near the office, and dozens of people were wounded in the blasts at the mosques.
On March 20, IS suicide bombers attacked two mosques in Sanaa and Houthi headquarters in the northern Saada province, killing at least 137 people, the most deadliest attacks in Yemen for decades.
Meanwhile, Yemen is home to the Sunni al-Qaida offshoot, al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), which intensified attacks against the Shiite Houthi group since September when the Houthis took over Sanaa and started to advance into the southern regions where AQAP is active.
The blasts happened when the Saudi-led coalition forces carried out air strikes against the Houthi group as delegates in Geneva achieved no breakthrough after two days of peace talks.
The UN-sponsored peace talks kicked off on Monday with the participation of all Yemeni factions, aiming to push for a truce during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
However, there was no progress despite the shuttle diplomacy of UN special envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed.
"As long as we have not reached the point where the Yemenis agree together, (to talk to the UN) will be very difficult," the envoy said in a statement on Wednesday.
Ahmed described the consultations as "an important start towards the return to a political process," saying "after overcoming great challenges, having now both delegations here in Geneva is a great achievement and we should not underestimate the significance of this event."
"I hope that the Yemeni sides will utilize the consultations to share ideas, in particular about how to alleviate the humanitarian situation and to de-escalate the violence," he said.
About 35 people were killed when warplanes of the Saudi-led coalition forces bombed a civilian convoy in Yemen's southern province of Lahj on Wednesday, a Yemeni government official told Xinhua.
"A number of civilian vehicles carrying displaced people were hit by mistake while travelling on a road linking between Aden province and neighboring southern Lahj province, killing about 35 people at the scene," the local government official based in Lahj said on condition of anonymity.
The fighter jets also struck Houthi militia and military camps loyal to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh in Sanaa and northern province of Dhamar.
Yemen has mired in political gridlock since 2011 when mas
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