Three Palestinians shot dead by Israeli soldiers

Israeli soldiers kill three Palestinians including teenager after alleged attacks

Photo by: AFP (Archive)
Photo by: AFP (Archive)

An Israeli soldier stands guard in the Israeli-occupied West Bank

Israeli troops shot dead two Palestinians in the occupied West Bank after alleged stabbing attacks on Tuesday while another one was killed in unrelated clashes.

Israeli officials said 23-year-old Palestinian Mohammed Kowazba was shot dead near the West Bank city of Hebron after allegedly attempting to stab a soldier. A second Palestinian was identified by Palestinian health officials as 17-year-old Adnan al-Mashti, who was also shot dead by the troops.

According to Palestinian sources, 21-year-old Srur Ahmad Abu Srur from the Aida refugee camp in the West Bank was killed by Israeli soldiers when they stormed the town of Beit Jala near Bethlehem and clashed with Palestinians.

"A Young man was killed after being shot in the chest by (Israeli) forces in Beit Jala," the Palestinian Health Ministry statement said.

So far in 2016, at least 10 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli troops.

Last year witnessed the killing of 178 Palestinians, most of whom were accused of attempting attacks on Israelis, while 23 Israelis were also killed in the same period, most of whom were soldiers.

Most of the Palestinians killed have been teenagers, some as young as 12. Some were killed by armed civilians and others by the Israeli Army and were accused of attempting to stab Israelis.

Palestinians say the recent violence is the result of frustration from nearly half-a-century of occupation. They accuse Israel of using excessive force to suppress the unrest, while Israel says the unrest has been caused by a Palestinian campaign of provocation surrounding the Muslim holy site of Al Aqsa Mosque.

Years of tension between the two sides was sparked once again on September 13, when Israeli soldiers stormed into the holy Al Aqsa mosque and attacked civilian worshippers.

Nine days after the Al Aqsa mosque was vandalised in the raid, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas warned that if clashes over the Al Aqsa mosque continue, the third intifada (Palestinian uprising) could begin.

On Monday, almost four months after Abbas’s warning, Israeli opposition party leader Isaac Herzog accused Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of failing to contain the ongoing cycle of violence.

“For months I have warned of the outbreak of a third Intifada,” he said at a meeting of party members.

“The Israeli people have lost faith in PM Netanyahu,” Herzog asserted.

TRTWorld and agencies