Monday, July 4, 2022

Israeli troops kill 3 Palestinians in separate incidents

Israeli soldiers have shot dead a young Palestinian man in the occupied West Bank on Thursday. Later, the Israeli forces gunned down a woman in the Old City of Jerusalem and a bird hunter east of Gaza border.

Israeli forces early Thursday killed a Palestinian youth and injured two others in the village of Burqin, southwest of the occupied West Bank city of Jenin, according to medical sources and eyewitness.

A medical source at Khalil Suleiman Government Hospital identified the slain Palestinian as 22-year-old Alaa Zyoud, a resident of the village of Silat al-Harithiya, west of Jenin.

Eyewitnesses stated that a large Israeli military force surrounded a house in al-Matalla area, located between the two villages, while undercover forces, known as Musta’ribeen in Hebrew, gunned down Zyoud in the vicinity of the house and injured two others.

They added that the forces prevented paramedics from providing first aid to Zyoud until they made sure he died.

The injuries, who remained unidentified, were rushed to a hospital for urgent treatment.

Earlier this week, Israeli forces killed two Palestinians from Burqin village and three others from the Jerusalem-district village of Bidu.

Later on Thursday, Israeli police killed a Palestinian woman near al-Aqsa Mosque in the occupied city of Jerusalem, according to local sources.

The source added that the Israeli police opened intensive fire at 30-year-old mother-of-three Israa Khuzaimia purportedly for attempting to carry a stabbing attack near Bab al-Silsila, one of the gates leading to Al-Aqsa, killing her.

The circumstances surrounding the alleged stabbing attempt remain unclear and largely based on the Israeli version of events.

Israeli has been criticized for its reflexive use of lethal force and “extrajudicial killings” when Palestinian alleged attackers no longer pose an immediate threat. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said that circumstances surrounding such killings over the past months remain disputed.

Video footage for similar alleged attacks appear to disapprove Israeli military claims, showing alleged Palestinian attackers did not even attempt to carry out any attacks. Some footage showed Israeli forces manipulating the crime scene following such killings.

Israeli forces has also shot dead a Palestinian bird hunter east al-Bureij refugee camp in the central besieged Gaza Strip. Forthy-one year-old Mohammad Abdul-Karim Ammar was shot dead while he was hunting birds by the Israeli forces stationed at Gaza’s eastern frontier, east of the camp.

Medical sources at Shuhada Al-Aqsa Hospital in Deir al-Balah city confirming that Ammar was dead when he arrived at the hospital.

Two million Palestinians live the Gaza Strip, which has been subjected to a punishing and crippling Israeli blockade for 12 years and repeated onslaughts that have heavily damaged much of the enclave’s infrastructure.

Gaza’s 2-million population remains under “remote control” occupation and a strict siege, which has destroyed the local economy, strangled Palestinian livelihoods, plunged them into unprecedented rates of unemployment and poverty, and cut off from the rest of the occupied Palestinian territories and the wider world.

Gaza remains occupied territory, having no control over its borders, territorial waters or airspace. Meanwhile, Israel upholds very few of its responsibilities as the occupying power, failing to provide for the basic needs of Palestinian civilians living in the territory.

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