Violence Continues to Escalate in the West Bank and Jerusalem

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Palestinian protesters try to break an opening in the Israeli Apartheid Wall during clashes with Israeli forces in the neighborhood of Abu Dis, east Jerusalem.

The situation continues to escalate in and around the West Bank and Jerusalem. On Friday, 9 Palestinian youths were killed when Israeli soldiers, some of which were snipers, opened fire on their protest in Khan Younis, in the southern Gaza Strip. About 100 others were injured in the same incident, 11 of them under the age of 18.

Also on Friday, two Israelis were lightly wounded in stabbing attacks several hours after an Israeli stabbed three Palestinians and a Bedouin man in the southern Israeli city of Dimona, reports Haaretz.

Overnight on Saturday, a 30-yr-old pregnant woman Nur Hassan was killed along with her three-year-old daughter Rahaf, after Israeli rockets leveled their house close to Gaza City. Nur’s husband Yahya and son were also injured when their home collapsed.

Israeli authorities say they were targeting Hamas positions and weapons stockpiles. Palestinians say there were no rockets, but claim that there was a Hamas military training camp nearby.

Rahaf Hassan’s father holding on to his daughter with utter grief.

On Saturday, despite the deaths, protesters once again gathered near the border. In Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip, 13-year-old Marwan Barbakh and 15-year-old Omar Othman were shot and killed by Israeli forces live ammunition.

Another 13-year-old boy Ahmad Sharaka, was shot dead in clashes with Israeli forces in the West Bank on Sunday. Medics reported that Ahmad was shot in the neck.

A Palestinian woman allegedly detonated explosives in her car at a checkpoint near the settlement of Ma’ale Adumim in the occupied West Bank injuring an Israeli policeman.

The Palestinian Red Crescent reported that at least 332 Palestinians have been injured during clashes with Israeli forces on Sunday.

Israeli forces have killed at least 24 and injured about 1,990 Palestinians since the beginning of October by stun grenades, gas bombs, rubber-coated steel bullets and live ammunition fired on them by Israeli forces.

The Middle East Eye reports in their article titled – Gaza protests: ‘Each time we heard a bullet, a protestor fell’

Deputy health minister Dr Medhat Mouhsen said many of the wounded were hit in the head and the upper body. He accused Israeli soldiers of using explosive bullets, which maximize fatal damage upon impact. “Israeli soldiers are deliberately using a criminal doctrine policy, of shooting directly, with the aim to kill” “It is time for human rights groups on both local and international levels – especially The Committee of International Red Cross – to expose these crimes,” he said.

The Geneva-based Euro-Med Human Rights Monitors also said that it had evidence that Israeli troops patrolling the border were deliberately targeted protestors. “We have collected evidence based on eyewitness accounts that shootings took place from short-distance range and live ammunition was used against the border-fence protestors,” said Ramy Abdu, the chairman of the Euro-Med Human Rights Monitor.




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