Israeli forces kill 3 Palestinians in occupied territories

Violent clashes continue to break out in occupied West Bank and Gaza as three Palestinians killed in separate incidents

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

Israeli forces seen firing tear gas and bullets at Palestinians during in the occupied West Bank city of Bethlehem, on December 18, 2015.

Israeli forces on Friday shot dead a Palestinian in the occupied West Bank over an alleged attempted car ramming, while another two Palestinians were killed when the Israeli military opened fire during protests, Palestinian and Israeli officials have said.

The first incident occurred near the town of Silwad, northwest of the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah, when a Palestinian allegedly attempted to ram an Israeli soldier. The motorist was shot dead at the scene.

Israeli Army fire wounded another Palestinian at the West Bank checkpoint of Qalandia, in Ramallah, in a separate alleged car ramming incident.

Medics in Ramallah said a Palestinian was also shot and dead by Israeli forces during violent protests.

Agence France Presse correspondents at Qalandiya have said that Israeli forces attempted to disperse journalists in the region by firing tear gas and stun grenades at them.

In another incident, the Gaza health ministry said that Israeli forces shot dead a Palestinian demonstrator and wounded 41 others in border clashes at the Gaza strip.

Ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra told AFP that 20-year-old Mahmud al-Agha was killed, while 31 of the injured were targeted with live fire and the other 10 by rubber bullets.

The Palestinian Red Crescent has reported that a Palestinian suffered from serious wounds after Israeli soldiers shot him in the head during clashes near the flashpoint city of Hebron.

Since October 1, over 100 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces while about 19 Israelis have been killed in attacks by Palestinians.

Incidents of violence between Israelis and Palestinians have increased since Israeli police carried out a raid on the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, one of the holiest sites in Islam and third holiest sites in the Jewish faith.

Meanwhile, Israeli authorities have released the body of 14-year-old Hadeel Awwad, who was shot and killed by Israeli forces over an alleged stabbing attempt at a market place in Jerusalem last month.

The Palestinian youth was buried by her family later in the day.

TRTWorld and agencies