Three Palestinians Killed by Israeli Occupation Forces in the West Bank

The Israeli occupation forces shot and killed three Palestinians in the occupied West Bank this morning, Tuesday, one in Beit Ummar in the south of the West Bank, and two others, siblings, near Ramallah, according to the Ministry of Health.

Parents and family of Jawad and Thafer Rimawi bid them an emotional farewell. The two siblings, 21 and 22, were shot dead by Israeli forces in Ramallah (Photo: WAFA)

Mufeed Mohammad Ikhlil, 44, was shot in the head and killed during clashes between soldiers and stone-throwing Palestinians in Beit Ummar. Nine others were shot by live bullets, one hit in the chest and the others in the upper and lower limbs and reported to be in stable condition.

In the village of Kufr Ein, near Ramallah, soldiers opened fire at the two siblings, Jawad and Thafer Abdul Rahman Rimawi, 22 and 21, and killed them. Jawad, a new Business Administration graduate from Birzeit University, was shot in the pelvis, and his bother Thafer, a fourth-year Technology student also at Birzeit University, was shot in the chest, said the Ministry of Health. A general strike was declared in Ramallah as a result.

Palestinian Presidential spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeineh told the official Voice of Palestine radio that the Israeli government bears full responsibility for these crimes and must be held accountable for them, noting that the current and next right-wing governments have declared daily war on the Palestinian people. “The American administration also bears a great responsibility for the Israeli occupation authorities’ continuous crimes against our people, as it is the only caretaker of the occupying state in the world, supplying it with arms and money, and in international forums. It must reconsider its positions,” he said.

Abu Rudeineh stressed that the US administration must take serious stances that would deter the occupying state from continuing its crimes that destabilize the entire region and could destroy everything. He pointed out that the Palestinian leadership is capable of taking decisions that protect the interests of the Palestinian people. The spokesman for the presidency said that Israel’s war against the Palestinian people will not defeat them or lead them to surrender.

The Palestinian Ministry of Health said that with the three killed today, the Israel army has shot and killed 153 Palestinians in the West Bank and East Jerusalem since the start of the year.