Israeli forces kill four Palestinians in West Bank

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Mourners gather around the bodies of Palestinians killed by Israeli occupation forces, outside a morgue in Ramallah in the occupied West Bank on November 29, 2022. (Photo: AFP)

RAMALLAH, Palestinian Territories — Israeli occupation forces shot dead four Palestinians in the occupied West Bank Tuesday, Palestinian officials said.اضافة اعلان

Israel has executed an escalating campaign of violence in the West Bank this year, with near daily raids in which more than a hundred Palestinians have been killed.

In Kafr Ein, near Ramallah, two brothers were killed by Israeli fire, the Palestinian health ministry said.

A third man was shot in the head by Israeli forces in Beit Ummar, near Hebron, the ministry said.

Palestinian official news agency Wafa named the dead man as Mufid Mahmud Khalil, 44, from the Beit Ummar area.

The health ministry identified the dead in Kafr Ein as brothers Jawad Abdulrahman Rimawi, 22, and Dhafer Abdul Rahman Rimawi, 21.

Palestinian Authority Civil Affairs Minister Hussein Al-Sheikh described the killing of the two brothers as an “execution in cold blood”.

A fourth death involved an unidentified Palestinian who Israeli forces shot and killed in Ramallah following a car chase, according to eyewitnesses.

Wafa reported that Palestinian ambulances were not allowed to reach the location of the shooting, which was totally sealed off by Israeli forces.

The man was accused of running over an Israeli soldier several kilometers away from where he was shot.

Boiling point

On Monday, the UN envoy for Middle East peace, Tor Wennesland, warned the situation in the West Bank was “reaching a boiling point”.

“High levels of violence in the occupied West Bank and Israel in recent months, including attacks against Israeli and Palestinian civilians, increased use of arms, and settler-related violence, have caused grave human suffering,” he told the UN Security Council.

This week, Israel announced it had made more than 3,000 arrests in 2022.

The UN says more than 125 Palestinians have been killed across the West Bank this year.

Israel has occupied the territory since the 1967 Arab-Israeli War. An estimated 475,000 Jewish settlers now live in the territory, alongside some 2.9 million Palestinians, in communities considered illegal under international law.

Article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention states that an occupying power “shall not deport or transfer parts of its own civilian population into the territory it occupies”,

Tuesday’s violence came as veteran hawk Benjamin Netanyahu continued negotiations to form what could be the most right-wing government in Israel’s history, following a general election earlier this month.

On Friday, Netanyahu signed an agreement with lawmaker Itamar Ben-Gvir that promised the far-right firebrand the new post of national security minister, with responsibility for the border police in the West Bank.

Ben-Gvir, known for anti-Arab rhetoric, has repeatedly called on police and soldiers to use more force when confronting Palestinian unrest.

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