Two Palestinians killed by Israeli forces in Qalandiya refugee camp

AFP , Ahram Online , Wednesday 16 Dec 2015

West Bank
An Israeli occupation policeman aims his weapon at Palestinians during clashes in the occupied West Bank city of Bethlehem October 6, 2015. (Photo:Reuters)

Two Palestinians were killed by Israeli occupation forces overnight in separate attempts to ram their cars into occupation soldiers carrying out arrests at a refugee camp near Ramallah, Israeli and Palestinian sources said Wednesday.

The Palestinian health ministry confirmed the deaths of the Palestinians, naming them as Ahmad Jahajha, 21, and Hekmat Hamdan, whose age was not disclosed.

"Tonight, during an operation to make arrests of wanted Palestinians and to seize arms in Qalandiya refugee camp, two attempted car-ramming attacks were made against security forces in two different parts of the camp," the Israeli occupation army said in a statement.

The army said three soldiers were wounded during the attacks, one seriously.

Clashes erupted in Qalandiya after the Israeli raid on the camp in the occupied West Bank, witnesses said.

Since the beginning of October, Israel has killed over 116 Palestinians, the Palestinian health ministry said.

Palestinians have been protesting since the beginning of October against Israel's attempts to build more settlements in east Jerusalem and force out Arab residents of the city, which is the planned capital of a future Palestinian state.

The current wave of protests and repression started in late July when toddler Ali Dawabsha was burned to death and three other Palestinians were severely injured after their house in the occupied West Bank was set on fire by Israeli settlers.

Palestinian protests were also triggered by an increase in Jewish visitors to Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque, which is considered the third holiest site in Islam. Palestinians fear that Israel is preparing to allow Jewish prayers in the mosque, which is currently not allowed.

*This story was edited by Ahram Online.

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