Israeli forces kill two Palestinians
JERUSALEM – Israeli security forces killed what the Israeli police allege were two “knife-wielding Palestinian attackers” in separate incidents in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem on Saturday, police said.
In the West Bank city of Hebron, a Palestinian man was shot dead by a paramilitary Israeli border police patrol after stabbing one of its men in the head and chest, police spokeswoman Luba Samri said. She described the Palestinian as being around 20 years old. No further details on his identity were available.
Earlier, 17-year-old Palestinian Ali Abu Ghannam was shot dead when Israeli forces chased him down and he allegedly “drew a knife.”
Abu Ghannam’s family rejected the Israeli account of the incident. One relative, Mohammed Abu Ghannam, said he did not believe the boy had been armed and that he had been on his way back from a friend’s party when he was killed. The family refused to receive the body, Mohammed Abu Ghannam said, because Israeli authorities had ordered a limit on the number of people allowed at the burial — a measure often imposed by Israel at the funerals of Palestinian militants in Jerusalem.
The official Palestinian news agency WAFA quoted President Mahmoud Abbas’s office saying Abu Ghannam’s killing emphasized “the ugliness of the occupation and its crimes against the defenseless Palestinian people under baseless and incorrect pretexts”.
The Palestinians seek statehood in East Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza Strip. But their peace talks with Israel have been stalled since last April.
Israeli tanks fired at Gaza on Friday after Israel said a rocket had been fired from the territory during Independence Day celebrations a day earlier.