Friday, February 3, 2023

Israeli soldiers kill two Palestinians in West Bank

The Israeli Army troops have killed two Palestinian men during a raid on a village near the city of Jenin in the northern part of the occupied West Bank.

Palestinian medical sources stated the fatalities were caused as the regime’s forces stormed the village of Kafr Dan, west of Jenin.

They identified one victim as Muhammad Samer Hoshieh, 21, from the nearby town of al-Yamoun, who died after being hit by live bullets in the chest.

The second fatality was identified as 17-year-old Fuad Mahmoud Ahmed Abed, from Kafr Dan, who succumbed to the injuries he received in the abdomen and thigh.

Eight more Palestinians were also injured in the attack, some of them in critical condition.

The Israeli forces carried out the raid in an effort to demolish the homes of two Palestinian martyrs, named Ahmed Ayman Abed, 23, and Abdul Rahman Hani Abed, 22.

The regime accused the duo of a shooting attack near the al-Jalama checkpoint, located in the northern part of the occupied territories, which resulted in the death of an Israeli officer.

The new fatalities bring to 224 the total number of Palestinians killed by Israeli troops from the beginning of 2022, including 59 from the city of Jenin, according to reports.

The Middle East Eye news and analysis website has reported that 2022 has been the deadliest year for Palestinians in the West Bank and the Tel Aviv-blockaded Gaza Strip, since the Second Palestinian Intifada (Uprising) which ended in 2005.

More than 220 Palestinians were killed at the hands of Israeli forces throughout the year, the MEE reported, adding 167 of the victims were shot dead in the West Bank, and 53 others in Gaza. The fatalities included 48 children, the report said.

Analysts interpret the heightened Israeli brutality as a means of forcibly expelling Palestinians from their lands and making way for expansion of illegal Jewish-only settlements.

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