The acting Palestinian Authority Chief, Mahmoud Abbas has said Israel is provoking a third Palestinian Intifada(uprising) by using " excessive force " against protesters.
Israel "wants the situation to reach the point of a third uprising," he said on Thursday, DPA reported. "If it cared about the security situation, it would not have used excessive force against the protesters," Abbas said. A total of 6,200 Palestinians died during the first Intifada between 1987 and 1993 and the second one in 2000s, which were both fiercely confronted by Israel. Hours before Abbas’ remarks, the body of a 17-year-old teenager, identified as Naji Balbisi, was found in the West Bank. The boy was fatally shot by Israeli forces during recent clashes near the city of Tulkarm on Wednesday. Balbisi was identified as the cousin of Amer Nassar, another 17-year-old killed by Israelis in the same clashes. The clashes came as Palestinians in the occupied territories protested against the death of Maisarah Abu Hamdiah, a cancer-stricken inmate, who lost his life in an Israeli jail on April 2 due to the lack of medical care.