Military curfews confined 150,000 Palestinians to their homes in the occupied Gaza Strip Monday following two days of rioting in which at least 185 Palestinians were wounded by army gunfire.
An additional 350 Gaza residents were treated for lesser injuries from rubber bullets, beatings and tear-gas inhalation, according to the U.N. Relief and Works Agency, which oversees Palestinian aid programs.The weekend clashes came as Israel rejected a call by U.N. Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar for international protection of the 1.7 million Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip.
Perez de Cuellar suggested a meeting of representatives from the 164 countries that signed the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949, which sets out rules for the treatment of civilians in wartime.
"Israel is disappointed at the one-sided approach exhibited in the report," Israel's Foreign Ministry said in a statement. "The recommendations in the report are directed only toward Israel and do not see fit to call for a cessation of violence on the Palestinian side."
Israel earlier rejected resolutions passed unanimously by the U.N. Security Council for a U.N. probe into the Oct. 8 rioting on Jerusalem's Temple Mount, in which 20 Palestinians were killed.
The army spokesman's office said eight areas in Gaza were under curfew Monday, including the village of Beit Hanoun, where clashes began Saturday and spread throughout Gaza.
Reporters and photographers without military escort were barred from the seaside strip, where more than 700,000 Palestinians live.
Five Palestinians were shot and wounded in clashes with soldiers Monday in Rafah, on the Egyptian border, according to Arab hospital officials.
The weekend confrontations were caused by word that a man from Beit Hanoun died in military custody.