Two separate incidents have left six Palestinians dead at the hands of Israeli soldiers, marking a significant escalation in violence that comes almost exactly a year after the Israeli army began a bloody attack on the Gaza Strip.

In this weekend’s violence, one Palestinian group was killed trying to cross the wall between Gaza and Israel, and another was killed during a raid on the occupied West Bank.

The New York Times called it the deadliest day in nearly a year. The Times reported that the Israeli forces had been looking for the killers of a settler who was shot dead Thursday as he drove near his home in the settlement of Shavei Shomron.

On Dec. 27 last year, the Israeli army began a three-week war in Gaza that Palestinians say left more than 1,400 dead. –JCL

Al Jazeera English:

Israeli soldiers have killed six Palestinians in two separate incidents.

Three of the deaths occurred when Palestinians trying to cross the security barrier from the Gaza Strip into Israel were shot on Saturday, news agencies reported citing a Palestinian medical source.

Palestinian medics and sources said the other three Palestinians were killed by Israeli soldiers during a West Bank raid.

An Israeli military spokeswoman confirmed that soldiers shot and killed three Palestinians suspected of trying to infiltrate from Gaza, which is governed by Hamas

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