100 killed in Israeli-Palestinian conflict this year

AFP , Saturday 18 Mar 2023

Israeli forces shot and killed yet another Palestinian on Friday, adding to the already high number of casualties in the ongoing conflict. This brings the total number of people killed in the conflict this year to 100, with a vast majority of them being Palestinians.

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Palestinian police officers carry the corpses of two men, Sefian al-Khawaja (L), killed by Israeli forces near a Jewish settlement in the West Bank village of Nilin in 2020 after his body was returned for burial a day earlier, and Yazan Khasib, killed on March 17 during confrontations with Israeli forces near Ramallah, during their funeral procession in the same West Bank city, on March 18, 2023. AFP


The Palestinian health ministry announced the death of Yazan Omar Jamil Khasib, 23, who died "after the occupation (Israel) opened fire on him at the northern entrance of Al-Bireh" city near Ramallah, in the occupied West Bank.

The Israeli army said, "soldiers spotted a suspect and asked him to identify himself. The suspect drew a knife and approached the forces who responded by opening fire".

No military personnel was injured in the incident, it added.

In only 76 days, since the start of the year, the Israeli occupation army has claimed the lives of 86 Palestinians, including children.

Thirteen Israeli adults including members of the security forces have been killed over the same period, according to an AFP tally based on official sources from both sides.

Since the 1967 War, Israel has maintained its occupation of the West Bank and Jerusalem, which has been a source of ongoing conflict.

The United Nations Security Council Resolution 242, adopted in 1967, calls for Israel to withdraw from the territories it occupied in this war, including the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip. 

* This story has been edited by Ahram Online.


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