Israeli forces kill Palestinians after alleged knife attacks

Israeli security forces kill two Palestinian men in Hebron, bringing total number of Palestinians killed since early October to at least 62

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Palestinians run away from Israeli troops during clashes in the West Bank city of Hebron on October 27 2015

Israeli security forces shot dead two Palestinian knife assailants in Hebron in the occupied West Bank on Thursday, Israeli police and army said.

A paramilitary police shot dead a Palestinian after he stabbed and lightly wounded a soldier, police said.

Hours later, another Palestinian was shot dead after he tried to stab an Israeli soldier, who was unhurt, Israeli army said.

A 23-year-old Palestinian man was shot dead by an Israeli border guard near the Tomb of Patriarchs on Wednesday, after he allegedly tried to carry out a knife attack against another Israeli soldier.

Israeli Army spokesperson Micky Rosenfeld confirmed that, "a Palestinian attaz

cked and stabbed a soldier... in Hebron. Security forces responded and shot the attacker. The soldier sustained light injuries and is receiving emergency medical care.”

Hebron district has became a flashpoint for the clashes in the recent days, as almost 20 Palestinians, including five children have been killed by Israeli security forces.

Another Palestinian, Islam Rafiq Hammad Ibeido was also shot dead by Israeli forces on Wednesday, after he allegedly attempted to carry out a knife attack near the Kiryat Arba settlement in Hebron.

On Tuesday, Israeli soldiers killed a 23-year-old Palestinian Hammam Said, who they accused of attempting to stab an Israeli security officer in Tel Rumeida neighbourhood of Hebron.

Since the wave of violence - the worst one since the 2014 Gaza war -  began early in October, at least 62 Palestinians have been killed by Israelis in the occupied West Bank and Gaza.

Out of the 62 killed Palestinians, only 35 were armed with knives, and in some cases with guns, Israel said. The rest of the people were killed during protests. Many of them were teenagers.

In the inncidents, 11 Israelis have also been killed in stabbings and shootings.

International human rights organisation, Amnesty International criticised Israeli forces on Wednesday for using “extreme and unlawful measures."

It described the killings of some Palestinians as "extrajudicial executions" saying the victims did not pose imminent threat to Israeli security forces at the time of their death.

Bodies withhold

The Jerusalem Legal Aid and Human Rights Center, a Palestinian institution based in Ramallah said on Thursday that Israel holds at least 28 bodies -four of them minor and two women, at least 17 from Hebron- of Palestinians killed during the latest wave of violence.

Israeli military declined to comment, Reuters said.

Hebron's Palestinian governor, Kamel Hmeid, said the failure to release the bodies to the families is stoking anger in the city.

"Everyone is awaiting the handover of bodies ... Organisers of protests have made clear they will not rest before the bodies of martyrs are released to their families [for burial]," he said.

TRTWorld and agencies