First Published: 2017-07-12

Occupation soldiers shoot dead Palestinians
Two Palestinians killed in clashes with Israeli army in Jenin refugee camp; family members say occupation forces 'executed' them.
Middle East Online

Palestinian mourners carry the bodies of Saad Salah and Aws Salameh during their funeral in the West Bank city of Jenin

JENIN - Two Palestinians were shot dead during clashes with the Israeli army in the Jenin refugee camp in the occupied West Bank on Wednesday, Palestinian medical and security sources said.

One of the two had been evacuated in serious condition and later succumbed to his wounds, medical sources said.

Official Palestinian news agency Wafa identified the Palestinians shot dead as Saad Salah, 21, from the city of Jenin, and Aws Salame, 17, from the Jenin refugee camp.

A third Palestinian who was shot in the leg was in moderate condition, the medical sources said.

The Israeli army said soldiers shot toward "attackers" after "Palestinian gunmen opened fire at the forces and assailants hurled explosive devices at the forces" operating in the camp.

An Israeli army spokeswoman said none of their forces were wounded in the incident.

The army would not provide details on why the soldiers were in the area at the time.

Israel's military regularly carries out raids in the West Bank to make arrests or seize weapons.

Family members of Salah alleged later in the day as funerals were held for the two Palestinians that he had been "executed."

Mourners carried their bodies through the streets, their bodies wrapped in Palestinian flags.

"He returned to the camp and was surprised to see soldiers," Salah's brother Adnan Salah said, describing what the family said they had been told by witnesses.

"They opened fire on him because they thought that he wanted to harm them."

A wave of unrest that broke out in October 2015 has claimed the lives of 277 Palestinians, 42 Israelis, two Americans, two Jordanians, an Eritrean, a Sudanese and a Briton, according to an AFP toll.

Israeli authorities say most of the Palestinians killed were carrying out knife, gun or car-ramming attacks.

However, many were shot dead in protests and clashes, while some were killed in Israeli air strikes on the Gaza Strip.

Israel has claimed that the violence, which has greatly subsided in recent months, was caused largely by Palestinian 'incitement'.

Palestinians have instead pointed chiefly to frustration with Israel's illegal military occupation of their lands, as well as despair at the absence of a political horizon.

Palestinians have also pointed out that Israeli violence against civilians has remained a constant factor of everyday life under the occupation, now in its 50th year, regardless of any recent increase in clashes or attacks.

 

Iraq launches operation to clear last IS holdouts from desert

Divided Syria opposition meets in Riyadh

Lebanon’s Hariri suspends resignation

Revolt in US State Department over child soldier law

Outrage in Iraq over 'child marriage' bill

IS propaganda channels fall quiet in 'unprecedented' hiatus

Kremlin to create Syria congress despite Turkey ‘reservations’

Netanyahu berates deputy minister for 'offensive' remarks on US Jews

Egypt PM heads to Germany for medical treatment

Egypt destroys 10 SUVs carrying arms on Libya border

Saudi-led coalition to reopen Yemen airport, port to aid

Turkey court rules to keep Amnesty chief in jail

France calls for UN meeting on Libya slave-trading

Egypt detains 29 for allegedly spying for Turkey

WTO panel to hear Qatar’s complaint against UAE blockade

Three dead as diphtheria spreads in Yemen

Israel seizes explosive material at Gaza border

Activists call for release of UK journalist held by IS

Bahrain upholds jail sentence for activist

Iraq attacks at lowest since 2014

Turkey continues crackdown in post-coup probe

Hariri back in Lebanon

Putin to hold Syria peace talks with Erdogan, Rouhani

US carries out air strikes against IS in Libya

Lebanon's Hariri in Egypt ahead of return home

Rebels say Sanaa airport 'ready to run' after coalition bombing

Greece to amend historic sharia law for Muslim minority

Turkey to ask Germany to extradite top coup suspect

Car bomb in northern Iraq kills at least 24

Morocco bans bitcoin transactions

13 million Syrians need aid despite relative drop in violence

Sudan urged to improve plight of Darfur's displaced people

Brain drain means Syria can’t recover for a generation

Palestinians close communication lines with Americans

Anti-IS coalition strikes drop to lowest number

German police arrest six Syrians ‘planning terror attack’

Palestinian factions in Cairo for reconciliation talks

Turkish opposition daily web editor sentenced to 3 years in jail

Israeli police arrest 33 in ultra-Orthodox draft riots

Turkish lira at new low against US dollar

Islamic republic declares end of Islamic State

Assad in Russia for talks with Putin

UN chief horrified by Libya slave auctions

Qatar 2022 chief has no regrets over hosting World Cup

Gheit says Lebanon should be 'spared' from regional tensions