Israeli settlers kill two Palestinians ahead of Kerry visit

Palestinian girl fatally run down by Israeli settler in West Bank while another Palestinian shot dead while allegedly attempting attacks, ahead of visit by US Secretary of State John Kerry

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

A Palestinian girl was fatally run down by an Israeli settler and a Palestinian was deliberately shot and killed after they allegedly attempted attacks in the West Bank on Sunday. Israeli police have said. Both incidents come before Secretary of State John Kerry is due to arrive in Jerusalem and address both Israelis and Palestinians.

Kerry's visit comes during an upsurge in often unplanned and leaderless Palestinian street violence since Oct. 1 in protest against Israel's security forces which has alarmed the United States.

Over the past two months in Israeli-occupied territory street violence has led to 86 Palestinians deaths while 18 Israelis and an American student have died as a result of stabbings, shootings and car rammings.

The Palestinian girl allegedly tried to stab two Israeli women at cross-roads near where a lot of Jewish settlers live, near the West Bank city of Nablus.

Israeli police and military spokespeople said a Jewish settler leader rammed her with his car while Israeli troops also shot her at the scene.

The Palestinian Health Ministry said the girl from Nablus who was killed was only 16.

In a separate stabbing event, a Palestinian man who reportedly tried to stab Israelis was brought down by an armed Israeli at the scene, Israeli police said.

Palestinians say the recent violence is a result of frustration from nearly a half-century of occupation and they accuse Israel of using excessive force to suppress the unrest while Israel says it is due to a Palestinian campaign of lies and provocation surrounding the Muslim holy site of Al-Aqsa Mosque.

The US State Department said Kerry would begin his November 22-24 Middle East visit in Abu Dhabi, after which he would come to Israel and the Palestinian territories.

A senior US official said Secretary of State John Kerry would discuss issues such as street violence, however he would not repeat negotiations over a two state solution that Palestinians seek based on territories Israel occupied in the 1967 Middle East war.


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