vrijdag 19 februari 2016

Three Palestinias killed on Friday, some Israeli's wounded

A young Palestinian man was shot and killed by Israeli forces during clashes in the occupied West Bank village of Beit Fajjar on Friday, the Palestinian Ministry of Health said.
The Palestinian Authority ministry said Khaled Yousif Taqatqa, 21, was shot in clashes between the Israeli army and Palestinian protesters in the village south of Bethlehem, and died as a result of his injuries at the Hadassah hospital in Jerusalem.Taqatqa is the third Palestinian killed by Israeli security forces on Friday.
The Palestinian Red Crescent was informed that Taqatqa had been injured, but was prevented by Israeli forces from reaching him on the scene, Red Crescent spokesperson Errab Foqoha told Ma’an.An Israeli army spokesperson said they were looking into the report.
Many villages in the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem participate in weekly Friday protests. Israeli forces have received criticism for excessive use force as well as lethal methods of crowd control that often result in death or injury of protesters during these demonstrations.At least 11 Palestinians were reported injured by live bullets and rubber-coated steel bullets in protests in the West Bank and Gaza on Friday.

Earlier on Friday, a Palestinian was shot dead in the village of Silwad northeast of Ramallah, after he allegedly attempted to ram into Israeli soldiers with his car during clashes. The assailant was identified as 20-year-old Mohammad Abu Khalaf, from Kafr Aqab, East Jerusalem.
Another young Palestinian was killed in occupied East Jerusalem on Friday morning after he stabbed and wounded two Israeli soldiers near Damascus Gate. An al-Jazeera camera crew present on the scene told Ma'an that Israeli officers surrounded the Palestinian and "fired almost 50 bullets" after he had already been shot twice and fallen to the ground.
The United States condemned in the strongest possible terms on Friday an attack in the West Bank that resulted in the death of a U.S. citizen, the State Department said in a statement.The death of American Tuvya Wiesman on Thursday underscores the need for all sides to reject violence, the statement said.
Wiesman, an off-duty IDF soldier, was stabbed to death and another 17-year old Israeli was badly wounded in the attack perpetrated by two 14-year-old Palestinian boys. The two 14-year-old boys are in serious but stable condition, a lawyer said Friday.
Karim Ajwa, a lawyer for the Palestinian Authority's Committee for Prisoners’ Affairs, told Ma'an the boys were being held in separate hospitals in Jerusalem.Omar Rimawi, 14, is currently being treated at Hadassah Hospital's Ein Kerem branch, and Ayham Subih, also 14, in Shaare Zedek Hospital. The PA committee said that Ajwa was expected to attend a Friday court hearing at Ofer detention center's military court regarding both of their detention.Rimawi and Subih were shot by an armed Israeli civilian after stabbing the two Israelis in the Rami Levi supermarket in the Shaare Benyamin industrial zone in the occupied West Bank on Thursday.

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