Israel occupation forces kill two Palestinians in West Bank

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Mourners carry the body of 16-year-old Palestinian Nader Rayan who was killed by Israeli occupation forces, during his funeral at the Balata camp near the northern city of Nablus on March 15, 2022. (Photo: AFP)
 NABLUS, Palestinian Territories — Israeli occupation forces killed two Palestinians in separate shootings in the occupied West Bank Tuesday, the latest in a flurry of violence as a US envoy tours the region seeking to ease tensions.اضافة اعلان

Israeli troops killed a 16-year-old while carrying out an arrest raid outside the northern city of Nablus, the Palestinian health ministry and Israeli forces said.

Separately, a Palestinian in his twenties was killed in Qalandiya outside Jerusalem, the health ministry said.

Teenager Nader Haitham Rayan died in Balata camp near Nablus after being hit by bullets to the head, chest, and hand, the ministry said. It did not give further details on the circumstances of his death.

The exchange of fire came as occupation forces were leaving the camp after arresting a Palestinian accused of terrorism offences.

The Palestinian health ministry said another nine people were wounded in the exchanges, one of them seriously.

An Israeli spokesperson stated that a Palestinian “terrorist” had been killed.

“A terrorist fired at our troops who responded and killed him,” the spokesman said.

The second death came in the town of Qalandiya on the northern outskirts of Jerusalem. The town hosts the main checkpoint between annexed East Jerusalem and the northern West Bank.

Alaa Shaham, in his twenties, was killed by a “live round to the head,” the ministry said.

Commenting on the Qalandia unrest, Israeli forces said riots erupted when forces entered the area to arrest two people accused of involvement in “terrorist activities”.

“Hundreds of rioters threw heavy objects from the roofs of houses endangering Israeli forces” who fired in response, an Israeli statement said, without mentioning the reported fatality.

Palestinian authorities said the two deaths brought to 20 the number of Palestinians killed by Israeli forces this year.

US visit

With violence flaring in the West Bank, US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Hady Amr was in the region for a tour aimed in part at trying to “reduce tensions”, a US embassy spokesperson said.

Amr is also seeking “to implement specific economic steps that will improve lives,” the spokesperson added.

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, who opposes Palestinian statehood, has ruled out formal peace talks with the Palestinians during his tenure but has said he is committed to expanding economic opportunities in the West Bank.

Israeli officials have said they are specifically seeking to ease tensions ahead of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which begins next month.

During Ramadan last year, following protests across East Jerusalem and the West Bank, Israel began an 11-day war on Gaza.

Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid met His Majesty King Abdullah last week to discuss maintaining calm through Ramadan and the Jewish holiday of Passover, which this year overlaps with the Muslim holy month.

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