Israeli forces kill two Palestinians in West Bank: Ministry

AFP , Tuesday 28 Nov 2023

Two Palestinian teenagers were killed Tuesday during Israeli army raids in the occupied West Bank, where violence has surged in tandem with the Israeli war on Gaza, the Palestinian health ministry said.

Relatives carry the body of 14-years-old Amr Wahdan, who was killed in clashes with Israeli forces,
Relatives carry the body of 14-years-old Amr Wahdan, who was killed in clashes with Israeli forces, during his funeral in Tayasir village near the occupied West Bank town of Tubas on November 28, 2023. AFP

According to the ministry, Amir Wahdan, 14, was killed in Tubas in the northern West Bank, where the army said troops had gone in to arrest "two wanted suspects".

Witnesses told AFP that clashes broke out with young people throwing stones at Israeli army vehicles and soldiers responding with fire.

Near Ramallah, the seat of the Palestinian Authority, 17-year-old Malik Deghreh was killed by Israeli fire, the Palestinian ministry said.

Clashes erupted after the Israeli occupation army entered a village to carry out searches, witnesses said, adding that the teenager who died was hit by four bullets.

A young Palestinian was also killed overnight Monday in Beitunia, a village between the Israeli Ofer prison and Ramallah, the ministry said.

Since Friday, dozens of young Palestinians have been gathering every evening in Beitunia to welcome Palestinian prisoners being released in exchange for Israeli captives taken by Hamas on October 7.

On each occasion, the occupation army has fired tear gas canisters and opened fire, injuring dozens.

Violence has flared in the West Bank, occupied by Israel since 1967, following Hamas led an offensive on Southern Israel on October, 7.

In response, Israel has vowed to "crush" Hamas and initiated a lethal and barbaric air, sea and ground invasion against the civilians in the Gaza Strip.

The Palestinian health ministry reports that nearly 15,000 people, two-thirds of them women and children, have been killed by the Israeli offensive on Gaza.

In the West Bank, more than 230 Palestinians have been killed since then by Israeli soldiers and settlers, according to the Palestinian health ministry.

* This story was edited by Ahram Online.

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