Three Palestinian youths shot dead by Israeli forces in the West Bank


Two of them died after the latest Israeli army raid and the third died of wounds sustained in another armed confrontation two weeks ago.

Two Palestinians, aged 23 and 24, were killed this Saturday by shots fired by Israeli forces. after opening fire on soldiers in the occupied West Bank, during an army attack on the city of Jaba, south of Jenin, in the West Bank. Besides these two young men, a third 19-year-old Palestinian has died of injuries suffered during an armed confrontation with Israeli soldiers two weeks ago, also in the northern West Bank.

The Israeli army said in a statement that its troops were executing “anti-terrorism activities” when “suspects opened fire on them from a moving vehicle.” Given this, a military spokesman explained, the soldiers fired at them. They later searched the vehicle and seized an M-16 rifle. Local media identified the deceased youngsters as members of the Al Quds Brigades, the armed wing of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad group.

spiral of violence

The occupied West Bank has been in a spiral of violence in the area since Israel launched its “Breaking the Wave” operation last March following a series of deadly attacks by Palestinians and Israeli Arabs.

This operation consists of daily raids, almost always at night and especially in the areas of Jenin and Nablus -bastions of Palestinian militias-, leading to armed confrontations and often resulting in deaths, often civilians, and arrests of Palestinians and terror suspects.

With today’s dead, the number of deaths in Palestinian territory by the Israeli forces since the beginning of the year is twelve, including three minors, after 2022 was the deadliest year for the Palestinian population of the West Bank since 2006, according to the Health Ministry.

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Source: EITB


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