Israeli forces kill three Palestinians in the occupied West Bank | Israelo-Palestinian conflict
Israeli forces kill two Palestinians in Jenin and one near Bethlehem after a stabbing attack in the occupied West Bank as violence escalates.
Occupied East Jerusalem – Israeli forces killed three Palestinians in the occupied West Bank, including one suspected of carrying out a stabbing attack.
Minor Sanad Abu Attiyeh, 17, and Yazeed al-Saadi, 23, were shot dead in an Israeli army raid on Jenin on Thursday, the Palestinian health ministry said.
Separately, the Israeli army shot and killed a Palestinian man who carried out a stabbing attack near the illegal settlement of Gush Etzion south of the city of Bethlehem, injuring four Israelis early Thursday.
The man was identified as Nidal Jumaa Jaafra, 30, from the village of Tarqoumya near Hebron in the southern occupied West Bank.
In Jenin, 15 other Palestinians were injured by live ammunition in the army raid, local media reported, with at least three in critical condition.
The Palestinian Health Ministry said the army fired tear gas near the Jenin public hospital, which seeped into the emergency department and disrupted its operations.
The army also raided and ransacked the home of 27-year-old Palestinian Diaa Hamarsheh, who carried out a shooting Tuesday in the ultra-Orthodox town of Bnei Brak east of Tel Aviv, killing five Israelis, including a policeman.
Hamarsheh, who was shot in an armed clash with police, was a laborer who worked in Bnei Brak but lived in Ya’bad village outside Jenin city.
Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said Hamarsheh’s house “has been set up for demolition” to “create deterrence”.
The killings come amid heightened tensions over the past two weeks in Israel and the occupied West Bank ahead of the holy month of Ramadan.
Some 11 Israelis, including three policemen, were killed in three separate attacks inside Israel by Palestinians in a wave of violence not seen in years.
On Sunday, two Palestinian gunmen from the northern town of Umm al-Fahm opened fire in the town of Hadera (Khdeira), killing two border policemen.
It followed an attack on March 22 when a Palestinian from the village of Hura in the Naqab (Negev) stabbed and rammed a ram-car, killing four Israelis.
All of the Palestinian attackers were shot on the spot, either by the police or by armed Israeli civilians.
On Wednesday, Bennett told the Israelis “it’s time to carry a gun.”
Israel has deployed thousands of reinforcements in the occupied West Bank, inside Israel and along the besieged Gaza Strip.
In recent days, Israeli settlers across the occupied West Bank have staged rallies on major roads and attacked Palestinian vehicles near Salfit and Nablus.
Armed Jewish vigilante groups also operated on and assaulted Palestinians, hospitalizing several, in the southern Naqab region and in the central city of al-Lydd. Also in al-Lydd, videos emerged of Israeli gangs destroying Palestinian cars.
Tensions on the ground have remained high since April and May last year.
Israeli attempts to forcibly displace residents of the Palestinian neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah and subsequent violent raids on the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in occupied East Jerusalem during Ramadan in 2021 led to massive Palestinian protests and to an 11-day confrontation between Israel and Palestinian armed movements in the besieged Gaza Strip.