Israel army kills 3 Palestinians in West Bank

AP , Sunday 12 Mar 2023

Israeli occupation forces fatally shot on Sunday three Palestinians near the Israeli military checkpoint of Sarra, to the southwest of Nablus, the latest bloodshed in a year-long wave of violence in the region.

Occupied West Bank, Palestine
Palestinian youths watch as Israeli soldiers take position near the Jit junction west of Nablus during an army operation in the occupied northern West Bank on March 12, 2023. AFP


During the Israeli shooting, three other Palestinians passing by the checkpoint were injuries from the shrapnel of the Israeli bullets fired, witnesses said to the palestinian news agency WAFA.

Witnesses also told reporters that shortly after their shooting, Israeli soldiers stormed shops and sized the recordings of surveillance cameras.

The three Palestinians are yet to be identified.

Their deaths Sunday bring to 84 the number of Palestinians killed by Israel since the start of the year. 

The fresh violence follows an Israeli military raid last week on the West Bank village of Jaba, where three Palestinian were killed. Hours later, a Palestinian gunman opened fire in Tel Aviv, wounding three people before being shot and killed.

The current round of violence is one of the worst between in the West Bank in years. 

Nearly 150 Palestinians were killed in the West Bank and east Jerusalem in 2022, making it the deadliest year in those areas since 2004, according to Israeli rights group B'Tselem. Palestinian attacks against Israelis during that same time killed 30 people.

The Palestinians view the raids as a tightening by Israel of its 55-year, open-ended occupation of their land.

Israel captured the West Bank, the Gaza Strip and east Jerusalem in the 1967 Mideast war. 

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