Israeli soldiers kill two Palestinian teens in West Bank

Israeli soldiers shoot dead two Palestinian teens in retaliation to their alleged attack on Israeli settler in occupied West Bank

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Israeli soldiers gather at the scene where a Palestinian was shot dead by Israeli soldiers at Beit El checkpoint near the West Bank city of Ramallah February 26, 2016.

Updated Mar 4, 2016

Two Palestinian teens were killed by Israeli soldiers on Wednesday in the occupied West Bank after allegedly attacking an Israeli settler at his home.

"There were two young guys at my door and holding wooden clubs," said Roee Harel,  the Israeli man who was allegedly attacked by the teens.

He said the two began beating him before he managed to push them out of the house, and he also found a knife at the door. 

The Israeli military said soldiers immediately rushed to the scene and shot the two teens dead.

"Upon the significant threat to the people of the community, forces shot the attackers, resulting in their death," the military said in a statement.

The Palestinian Health Ministry said the two were both 17, from the adjacent village of Qaryout.

In a recent wave of violence, Israeli forces have killed at least 186 Palestinians and another 15,645 were injured by troops, some 1,500 had been struck by heavy ammunition, while more than 3,000 had sustained injuries from rubber bullets.

A mere 28 Israelis have been killed during the same period.

Most of the Palestinians were killed under the accusation of allegedly carrying out knife and car-ramming attacks, according to Israeli authorities.

Some were shot dead during protests and demonstrations, meanwhile Palestinian children as young as seven have been injured by forces firing rubber coated steel bullets.

Many analysts suggest Israel’s occupation of Palestine, its violent oppression of Palestinian communities, the complete lack of effort in peace progress and extrajudicial killings of Palestinians has lead to the unrest in the region.

Palestine blames incitement by Israeli leaders as a main cause of the violence.

Many of the Palestinians that were shot had been children or teenagers under the age of 18.

The violence has raised concern of further escalation a decade after the last Palestinian uprising subsided. The Palestinians and international powers have said Israel has often used excessive force against assailants, many of them youths.

Israel has rejected those allegations, saying it has been preventing lethal attacks on civilians and security forces.

Palestinian leaders say many Palestinian attackers have acted out of desperation in the absence of movement towards the creation of an independent state. Israel says they are being incited to violence by their leaders and on social media.

TRTWorld and agencies