Escalation of crimes and violence acts in Palestine
Israeli forces are carrying out search-and-arrest raids almost every night in the West Bank, where at least 140 Palestinians have been killed this year, most by Israeli fire. More than 30 Israelis have also been killed amid a spate of gun and knife attacks by Palestinians.
The United Nations has warned that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has “once again reached a boiling point” after an escalation of violence in the West Bank and Israel.
Four Palestinian men have been killed by Israeli forces in three separate incidents in the occupied West Bank, Palestinian and Israeli officials say.
Two were brothers who were shot dead as clashes broke out with Israeli troops during an operation near Ramallah.
The third was killed in confrontations with troops after two Israeli army jeeps on patrol broke down near Hebron.
Israel’s military said the fourth man was shot near Ramallah after he rammed his car into a soldier, injuring her.
Also, Jawad Al-Rimawi (22 years) and Dhafer Al-Rimawi (21 years), who were both students at Birzeit University, were killed in the early hours of Tuesday morning, about 16 kilometers northwest of Ramallah.
Palestinian sources said that the two brothers visited one of their relatives in the village of Beit Rima, while the Israeli forces were carrying out an operation in the area.
The Palestinian Health Ministry said the two brothers were shot dead and taken to a local hospital, where they died.
The Palestinian Ministry of Health said Mufid Ikhlil, 44, was shot in the head by Israeli soldiers during nighttime clashes with stone-throwing Palestinians in Beit Ummar, about 10 kilometers north of Hebron. He died in the hospital.
The ministry said another nine Palestinians were shot dead.
The Israeli army said that two jeeps got stuck in Beit Ummar due to a “technical fault” while on patrol.
He added that the Palestinian “rioters” attacked the soldiers who were in the vehicles and “threw stones and explosive devices at the soldiers.”
The prime minister of the West Bank-based Palestinian Authority, Muhammad Shtayyeh, called the three killings a “heinous crime”, while the spokesman for President Mahmoud Abbas warned that “the daily killing of Palestinians is a declaration of war”.
A spokesman for Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, said, “Israel’s escalation of its crimes and terror will be met with an escalation of resistance.”
Later on Tuesday, the Israeli military said a man hit one of its soldiers with a vehicle near the Jewish settlement of Kochav Ya’akov, two kilometers southeast of Ramallah.
“The Israeli police forces in the area chased down the attacker and neutralized him,” it added.
The Israeli Ambulance Service stated that the 20-year-old soldier was in serious condition at Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem.
The hospital confirmed the death of the driver. The Israeli media identified him as Rani Abu Ali, 45, from Beitunia.
Tuesday’s events come five days after coordinated car bomb attacks at bus stations on the outskirts of Jerusalem killed a 15-year-old Israeli-Canadian boy and a 50-year-old Israeli man. 13 others were wounded.
So far, no group has claimed responsibility for the bombings, which were praised by Palestinian activists.