The Israeli army deliberately shot dead at least two Palestinians in the Qalandia refugee camp in the occupied West Bank on Monday, Palestinian medical sources said. Israeli authorities also demolished the home of another Palestinian suspected of being involved in killing an Israeli man in June.
Independent sources put the death toll at three not two, adding that at least 20 were wounded in clashes at the Qalandia refugee camp near the West Bank city of Ramallah, where the Israeli army dispersed dozens of protests over the past week, including a commemoration march for the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.
Reports that 3 Palestinians have been shot dead, 20 wounded, by IDF fire in Qalandia refugee camp near Ramallah in the West Bank
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The Israeli military said in a statement that while destroying a Palestinian home, "Suspects opened fire at the forces and in response to the immediate danger they fired towards the attackers. Three hits were confirmed. In addition, hundreds of Palestinians attacked the force with fire bombs, IEDs and rocks."
The demolished home reportedly belonged to Muhammad Abu Shaheen, who is accused of shooting dead Danny Gonen in the West Bank in June.
Stabbing, gun and car attacks started in Israeli and Palestinian territories since mid-September in the Israeli-annexed East Jerusalem, the occupied West Bank and the embargoed Gaza Strip in reaction to a possible re-statute of the Al Aqsa Mosque, the third holiest site in Islam, and the settlement politics of Israel.
Since October 1, at least 83 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces using live ammunition, rubber-coated steel bullets, tear gas and stun grenades. In addition, 15 Israelis have been killed by Palestinians in stabbing or shooting incidents in the same period.
Additionally, more than 1,600 Palestinians - almost 60 percent of them being minors - have been detained since the beginning of last month, according to the Palestinian Prisoners Club.
A large number of those arrests are for allegedly throwing rocks.
On Nov. 2, Israel passed a new legislation which sentences Palestinian stone-throwers to a minimum sentence of three years and a maximum sentence of 15 years imprisonment.
Adding that parents of the convicted could also face punishment.