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  • Mother of Palestinian Mohamad Edwan, killed during an Israeli raid, mourns her son at a hospital in Ramallah, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank

    Mother of Palestinian Mohamad Edwan, killed during an Israeli raid, mourns her son at a hospital in Ramallah, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank | Photo: Reuters

Published 2 April 2019

Mohamad Edwan was killed by Israeli forces near Ramallah in the West Bank as armed Israeli forces raided a Palestine refugee camp.

Israeli forces shot and killed a Palestinian man Tuesday during an Israeli raid of Palestinian refugee camps near Ramallah in the occupied West Bank.

Palestinian protesters there had been throwing rocks and small explosives at the armed soldiers during clashes near Ramallah, Palestinian health officials there said.

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The Israeli military said troops opened fire on protesters after Palestinians threw rocks and explosives at them during a raid southeast of Ramallah.

The Palestinian health ministry said Mohamad Edwan had lived in the United Nations Kalandia refugee camp located near East Jerusalem. Three other Palestinians were wounded by the Israeli military when the young Edwan was killed.

Since March 24 at least five Palestinians have been murder by Israeli security forces throughout the occupied region. Last week the Israeli military shot and killed an 18-year-old Palestinian medic Wednesday in Bethlehem in the West Bank.

The Palestinian health ministry says that this year alone, a combined four Palestinian medics have been killed in West Bank and Gaza by Israeli military fire while doing their job.

Tensions between Palestinian Hamas in the Gaza Strip and Israel have also been running higher than usual since March 14 when two rockets were launched into Tel Aviv causing no damage or injury. No group took responsibility for the attack but Israel responded by launching over 100 rockets on the strip since that time and sending in military reserves to the Gaza border.

Israel captured the West Bank in the 1967 Middle East war. Since then Palestinians have sought to establish a state there and in the Gaza Strip, with East Jerusalem as its capital, however the Israeli government and people have taken over much of this territory illegally over the past several decades.

The Israeli-Palestinian peace talks collapsed in 2014 when the ‘Gaza War’ broke out in which as many as 2,310 Gazans were killed by Israel, compared to some five on the other side.


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