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  • Palestinians take cover during clashes with Israeli troops near the Jewish settlement of Beit El, near Ramallah, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank Dec. 13, 2018.

    Palestinians take cover during clashes with Israeli troops near the Jewish settlement of Beit El, near Ramallah, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank Dec. 13, 2018. | Photo: Reuters

Published 13 December 2018

Violence escalated in the West Bank after killing of three Palestinians by Israeli forces over a span of 12 hours. 

In four different incidents, violence escalated in Occupied Palestine. Israeli occupying forces killed three Palestinians over the span of 12 hours. After which, two Israeli soldiers were killed in a shooting attack perpetrated.

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In the first incident, a Palestinian man, identified as Majd Jamal Mteir, was shot Thursday by Israeli occupying forces after he allegedly stabbed two Israeli border police officers in East Jerusalem.

According to the residents, Israeli occupying forces shot Mteir with 10 to 12 bullets and left him bleeding for about 40 minutes before he finally succumbed to his injuries.

In a second incident, Israeli armed forces also killed a Palestinian taxi driver, Omar Barghouthi, in the village of Surda in the central West Bank, late Wednesday, on the pretext that he was implicated in the shooting of Israeli settlers Sunday.

In early Thursday, a third murder took place when Israel executed Ashraf Naalwa, a Palestinian suspected of killing two Israelis in October. He was murdered by Israeli forces inside the Nablus-area refugee camp after a two-month manhunt.

A Palestinian hurls stones during clashes with Israeli troops near Ramallah, on Dec. 13, 2018. | Photo: Reuters
 

Israel's army said on Twitter, a Palestinian opened fire at a group of Israeli soldiers who were setting up a flying checkpoint at the entrance of the illegal settlement of Ofra. The firing killed two soldiers, and severely injuring another.

The post-shooting violence escalated when, after imposing a seize, Israeli army units raided several neighborhoods in Ramallah Thursday. The Israeli settlers also attacked Palestinians in the Occupied West Bank and in the northern entrance to Ramallah. 

Wafa reported that an armored army vehicle rammed into four Palestinian cars that were stuck at the DCO checkpoint in northern Ramallah, after the army had closed it. Later, the cars were attacked by a mob of settlers with stones while the army cheered them on.

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Soldiers raided several homes in search of the Palestinian who shot at Israeli soldiers while many Palestinians marched to the DCO checkpoint to protest Israel's invasion of Ramallah, settler attacks, and the murder of three Palestinians.

The army also closed all checkpoints south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus including Hawwara and Zaatra checkpoints. They also restricted movements of Palestinians while armed settlers attacked Palestinian villages in Nablus area, injuring unarmed civilians.

The Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS) said that the Israeli Occupying forces have detained at least 56 Palestinians all over the occupied West Bank, including a Hamas leader, Thursday. According to Addameer, the prisoners’ rights group, there are 5,554 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli prisons.

The United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs reported that the  Israeli army has killed 27 Palestinians in the West Bank this year alone. In the besieged Gaza strip, more than 230 Palestinians have been killed since the start of the March of Return, which began on March 30.

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