– Five Palestinians were killed in clashes with Israeli soldiers in four separate incidents in the West Bank, prompting condemnations and calls to stop Israeli violence against Palestinians.
Earlier on Tuesday, the Palestinian Health Ministry said in a statement that two Palestinian brothers, Jawad Al-Rimawi, 21, and Zafer Al-Rimawi, 22, were killed after Israeli soldiers shot them near the village of Kafr Ein, in the northwest of the West Bank city of Ramallah.
The ministry said in a separate statement that a third Palestinian, identified as Mufid Ikhalyel, was killed during clashes with Israeli soldiers in the village of Beit Ummar, north of the southern West Bank city of Hebron.
A fourth Palestinian was killed after being shot in the chest by Israeli soldiers during clashes that broke out in the village of Al-Mughayyar, near Ramallah.
Al-Mughayyar Amin Abu Alia, the head of the village council, said that during clashes between Palestinian youths and Israeli soldiers in the village, a 21-year-old Palestinian named Raed al-Naasan was killed.
Al-Naasan’s assassination brought the total Palestinian death toll killed by Israel since January to 206, including 50 in the Gaza Strip, according to official statistics.
There has been no immediate Israeli comment on the incidents in the West Bank. However, according to an Israeli military spokesman in a statement, a fifth Palestinian was killed after he carried out a ramming attack in eastern Ramallah.
The Palestinian liaison (security coordination) with Israel said in a statement that the Israeli side informed them that Rani Abu Ali, 45, died from injuries she sustained on Tuesday after her car hit an Israeli soldier near from a gas station near the Israeli settlement of Kokhav Ya’akov. The Israeli soldier was seriously injured.
On Tuesday, Palestine condemned the Israeli killing of the four Palestinians in three separate incidents in the West Bank, holding both Israel and the United States responsible for the escalation of tension in the West Bank.
Israel’s killing of the four Palestinians “is condemned and the US government bears a great responsibility because it is the sole sponsor of Israel,” Palestinian presidential spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeineh told reporters in Ramallah.
“The United States must punish Israel and hold it accountable for its actions and force it to stop these crimes,” Abu Rudeineh said.
Meanwhile, Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammed Ishtaye said that killing the four Palestinians “is a heinous crime and an escalation that portends great dangers.”
“The crime reflects the thoughts and behavior of the perpetrators and the crimes with which they threaten the Palestinian people, without the slightest respect for international laws and regulations,” he said in a press release.
Ishtaye called on the international community to “urgently intervene to stop and slow down the Israeli killing machine and hold the perpetrators accountable.”
The killing of the five Palestinians comes amid rising tension between Israelis and Palestinians since March 2020. The Israeli army has carried out daily incursions into the West Bank in response to attacks carried out by Palestinians.
In Gaza, Hazem Qassem, a spokesman for the ruling Hamas movement, said in a statement that his movement “condemns the killing of five Palestinians in the West Bank in one day.”
He criticized Israel for “desperately trying to stop the legitimate struggle of the Palestinian people to win their land” through massacres and assassinations.
“This blood will be the fuel for the revolution and the continued uprising of our people,” Qassem said, warning that “the escalation of their crimes and Israeli terrorism will be met with an escalation of resistance and revolutionary action.” ■