JERUSALEM, NOV. 11 -- An Israeli driver whose car was pelted with stones hurled by protesters shot and wounded two Palestinian girls in the Israeli-occupied Gaza Strip today, military sources said.
The shootings, which Israeli Army Radio said sparked more rock throwing and disturbances in the Gaza Strip, came one day after a student was killed in a similar incident in Gaza. Security forces were called out to maintain order.
The driver, who was not identified, fired several shots near a girls' school at the entrance to the Gaza Strip at about 8 a.m. today, the sources said.
Two 14-year-old girls were found wounded in the area after the incident, the sources said, but they refused to provide further information, saying Gaza police were investigating.
The driver told authorities that he fired several shots into the air after his car was blocked by rocks in the road and residents began throwing stones, Army Radio reported.
Yesterday, Intisar Atar, a 17-year-old Palestinian girl, was killed, apparently by Israeli settlers who fired several shots when confronted by rock-throwing students in the Gaza town of Deir Balah.
Four Jewish residents of settlements in the Gaza Strip were being held in connection with the shooting.
Yesterday's slaying set off a demonstration at the Islamic Institute in Gaza City where students threw stones and set piles of tires on fire, the military said. Israeli soldiers dispersed the students.