Two Palestinians Killed by Israeli Army, Settlers in Occupied West Bank

A 19-year-old Palestinian was shot dead by armed Israeli settlers who had entered the occupied West Bank village of Burqa, southeast of Ramallah, on Friday, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry.

Family and friends participate in the funeral procession of 18-year-old Palestinian Mahmoud Abu Saan, who was shot by occupation soldiers in Tulkarem, Friday, August 4, 2023 (Photo: WAFA)

Local sources said settlers raided the western and northwestern parts of the village, leading to confrontations with the local residents. A 19 years old youth, who was identified as Qosai Jammal Mi’tan, was shot in the neck and critically injured during the attack. He succumbed to his serious wounds shortly after reaching the hospital in Ramallah.

Two others youths were injured after being struck with rocks thrown by the settlers. The settler gangs also set fire to two vehicles during the attack. They also brought their sheep to a plot of land there in an apparent attempt to seize it for the benefit of establishing a pastoral outpost.

Earlier, Israeli soldiers had shot dead another young Palestinian, 18-year-old Mahmoud Abu Sa’an. He was shot in the head by Israeli soldiers at point-blank range as they stormed the Nur Shams refugee camp in Tulkarem, the health ministry said.

Israeli occupation forces and settlers committed 897 attacks against Palestinians, their properties, and their holy places during July, according to the Wall and Settlement Resistance Commission. It said in its monthly report on the violations of the Israeli occupation that these attacks ranged from direct assaults on people, vandalism of property, leveling of lands, storming villages, uprooting trees, and seizing property.

Most of the attacks were in the Jerusalem governorate (148), followed by the Nablus governorate (140), then Hebron governorate (113). It said settlers carried out 202 attacks in various parts of the occupied West Bank, but mainly in the Nablus governorate (65), Ramallah (35), and Hebron (28).

The Commission said that 139 orders for demolition, stop construction and evacuation of facilities were issued in July, describing it as “a record rise that warns of many more demolitions in the next period.” Most of the orders were in the Jericho governorate with 53 notices, followed by the Hebron and Salfit governorates with 19 notifications each.

It said the occupation forces demolished 41 homes and commercial establishments mainly in the governorates of Hebron and Jerusalem. The report said the Israeli forces and settlers vandalized a total of 2,552 trees by cutting and uprooting them, mainly in the Nablus governorate (1,173), followed by the Hebron governorate (695).