The Israeli army says it killed two Palestinian youths in two separate incidents

The Israeli army says it killed two Palestinian youths in two separate incidents
The Israeli army says it killed two Palestinian youths in two separate incidents
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A general view of an Israeli settlement near the site of the accident in the West Bank town of Qalqilya in a photo taken on Wednesday. Photo: Raneen Sawafta/Reuters. reuters_tickers

This content was published on Jan 25, 2023 – Jul 21:15,

January 25, 2023 – 21:15

RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) – Israeli forces killed two Palestinians in separate incidents in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem on Wednesday, Palestinian officials said, the latest casualties in a year-old wave of violence.

In the West Bank, the Israeli military said it shot and killed a Palestinian who tried to stab Israeli soldiers near the Kedumim settlement.

The army released CCTV footage it said was of the attack, showing a man getting out of a car at a bus stop, apparently waving something in his hand. The clip shows the man running towards the soldiers before he fell when they appeared to shoot him.

The Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) identified the dead man as Aref Lahlouh, 20, and that he was one of its members.

Later, the Palestinian Ministry of Health announced the death of Muhammad Ali, 17, of injuries he was shot by Israeli forces during clashes in the Shuafat refugee camp in East Jerusalem.

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A statement issued by the Israeli police spokesman’s unit said that its forces shot a suspect who was pointing at them with what looked like a firearm, but it later turned out to be a fake weapon.

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Clashes broke out in the Shuafat refugee camp on Wednesday when Israeli forces arrived to demolish the home of another Palestinian, Uday Tamimi, accused of killing a female soldier at a checkpoint near the camp in October. Tamimi was shot dead by Israeli forces 11 days later as he tried to carry out another attack near a settlement in the West Bank.

The police statement added that during the demolition, “a number of masked terrorists threw pipe bombs and Molotov cocktails at the police forces, who responded accordingly.”

Israel says the demolitions deter potential Palestinian attackers. Palestinians and human rights organizations denounce the policy as collective punishment.

Violence has increased in the West Bank over the past year after the Israeli army intensified its raids in response to a series of Palestinian attacks in Israeli cities. Israeli forces have killed at least 19 Palestinians, including militants and civilians, in the West Bank since January 1.

There were no injuries or deaths among the Israelis on Wednesday.

(Prepared by Muhammad Aysam and Hassan Ammar for the Arabic Bulletin – Edited by Mahmoud Abdel-Gawad)

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