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Qatari fuel enters Gaza to avert 'humanitarian disaster'

Qatari fuel enters Gaza to avert 'humanitarian disaster'

Israeli forces stormed the Shweika village in the northern occupied West Bank district of Tulkarem, on Tuesday, and detained the mother and two sisters of Ashraf Naawla, who carried out a shooting attack, in an attempt to force Naawla to turn himself in.

They were identified by Israeli media as Kim Levengrond Yehezkel, a 28-year-old from the Israeli town of Rosh Haayin near Tel Aviv, and Ziv Hagbi, 35, from Rishon Lezion, also near Tel Aviv.

Surveillance footage spread online that appeared to show the Palestinian fleeing the site with a gun.

More than 600,000 Jews live in about 140 settlements built since Israel's 1967 occupation of the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

A third woman also shot in the attack was hospitalised. An investigation has been launched to determine how Na'alowa managed to smuggle a shotgun into the industrial zone, where thousands of Israelis and Palestinians are employed.

The industrial zone is located next to the Israeli settlement Barkan and near the settlement of Ariel in the north of the West Bank.

The incident came amid tensions in the Gaza Strip, where Palestinians have been staging daily rallies against the blockade imposed by Israel since 2007, and Israeli forces killed at least 190 people since the protest started on March 30.

Israeli media said the shooter was a former worker at the factory before he was sacked recently.

Qatari-bought fuel arrived at the Gaza Strip's only power station after entering through Israel, sources said, in a bid to alleviate conditions in the besieged enclave and stem any escalation in Israeli-Palestinian violence.

Israel housing units are considered illegal under worldwide law and major stumbling blocks to peace as they are built on Palestinian land.

More than 50 Israelis and several foreign nationals have been killed since late 2015 in a series of stabbings, shootings and car-ramming attacks, predominantly by Palestinians or Israeli Arabs.

Last month, a Palestinian teenager stabbed to death the US-born settler Ari Fuld, a well-known pro-Israel advocate, at a shopping centre in Gush Etzion.