Israeli forces kill two unarmed Palestinians in West Bank

Israeli forces shoot, kill two Palestinians in occupied West Bank after announcing new plans to ease tension

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

A Palestinian protester holds a Palestinian flag as others take cover during clashes with Israeli security forces

Violence continues to rise in Jerusalem as Israeli forces kill two Palestinians in separate incidents on Thursday at the flashpoint city of West bank, a day after Israel announced plans to build a new fence in the occupied region to end the conflict. 

In the first incident, a Palestinian man identified as Yahya Taha was shot and killed by Israeli troops who raided his village of Qattana in search for ammunition and alleged assailants. 

"Yahya Taha, 21, from the village of Qatanna... died after he was shot and wounded in the head during clashes," Palestinian health ministry said in a statement.

Qatanna is an area located in the northwest of Jerusalem.

Later in the day, Israeli forces shot another Palestinian over an alleged knife attack near the West Bank city of Nablus.

The Palestinian man identified as 51-year-old Samir Seresi died in the incident while, no Israelis were reported to have been hurt.

The most recent deaths come only days after US Secretary of State John Kerry visited the Palestinian territories in response to recent unrest.

Since October 1, nearly 100 Palestinians of whom were unarmed protesters, bystanders and accused attackers, have been killed by Israeli forces using live ammunition, rubber-coated steel bullets, tear gas and stun grenades. 

While, 14 Israelis have been killed by Palestinians in stabbing or shooting incidents in the same period. 

The unrest in the occupied territories started on the eve of the Jewish holiday Rosh Hashanah on September 13.

In a separate incident on Thursday, drivers at the Al-Tamimi company reported that Israeli forces seized eight public transportation buses in the West Bank city of Nablus.

The military reported that the buses were intended to transport Palestinians to checkpoints for demonstrations.  

Meanwhile, Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon on Wednesday announced plans to build a high-tech fence near Hebron, a southern West Bank city.

The construction of the fence is anticipated to take up to a year and will be similar to the one near the Israeli-Egyptian border which was initially built to deter militants or asylum seekers entering the country, Yaalon stated. 

The defence minister claimed that the fence will be built to end the rising violence between the Israeli’s and Palestinians. 

The costs of the fence is anticipated to be covered by funding from the recently approved defence budget, Yaalon added. 

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