Date
19 January 2017
A Palestinian demonstrator throws stones at Israeli forces during clashes in  the West Bank. Iran says it will pay families of Palestinians killed in anti-Israeli protests. Photo: Reuters
A Palestinian demonstrator throws stones at Israeli forces during clashes in the West Bank. Iran says it will pay families of Palestinians killed in anti-Israeli protests. Photo: Reuters

Iran to pay Palestinian victims of anti-Israel violence

Iran will compensate families of Palestinians killed in anti-Israeli protests and violence or whose homes have been destroyed by Israel.

The payout includes US$7,000 worth of aid to every family of a martyr of the intifada in Jerusalem, Reuters reports, citing Mohammad Fathali, Tehran’s ambassador to Lebanon 

Also, Iran will offer “US$30,000 to every family whose home the occupation [Israel] has demolished for the participation of one of its sons” in the unrest, he said.

Israel condemned Iran’s move.

A foreign ministry statement said it “demonstrates again Iran’s role in encouraging terror”, adding that “following the nuclear agreement, Iran continues to be a major player in international terror”.

Scores of Palestinians and dozens of Israelis have been killed in five months of street violence.

Palestinians have carried out stabbings, shootings and car rammings, and Israeli security forces have shot dead many assailants.

The recent violence has been stoked by a dispute over Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa mosque compound and the failure of several rounds of peace talks to secure the Palestinians an independent state in Israeli-occupied territory.

On Tuesday, Israeli army bulldozers demolished the homes of two Palestinians who killed five people in attacks in the occupied West Bank and Israel last year.

Israeli officials say such demolitions could deter other Palestinians from launching attacks in a campaign that has killed 28 Israelis and a US citizen since October.

In the past five months, Israeli security forces have killed at least 168 Palestinians, 111 of whom Israel says were assailants, while most others were shot dead during violent anti-Israeli protests.

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