PHOTO: 17-year-old Dania Arsheid, killed by Israeli security forces on Sunday for allegedly carrying a knife
Israeli security forces killed three more Palestinians on Monday, as this month’s death toll in Israel-Palestine violence passed 70.
Israeli forces shot dead a 17-year-old Palestinian during clashes near the West Bank city of Hebron on Monday evening
Iyad Rawhi Jaradat was shot in the head, according to doctors. An Israeli army spokesperson said forces had shot rubber-coated steel bullets “in light of ongoing violence” and the Palestinian “fell and hit is head” and was given medical treatment by Israeli forces before being evacuated by a Red Crescent ambulance.
The clashes in the village of Beit Einun began after Israeli forces suppressed a march headed towards the home of Raed Jaradat, who was killed earlier on Monday after he stabbed an Israeli soldier north of Hebron.
Saad Muhammad Youssef al-Atrash, 19, was also slain after he allegedly attempted to stab an Israeli soldier outside the Ibrahimi Mosque in central Hebron.
At least 60 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli security forces in East Jerusalem, the West Bank, and Gaza since the beginning of the month. About 30 of those killed were shot after allegedly carrying out attacks on Israelis, while others have died amid clashes over Palestinian demonstrations.
Twelve of the deaths have occurred in Hebron, 11 by shootings and one by tear gas inhalation.
Ten Israelis have been killed since October 1, mainly in stabbings, by Palestinian assailants.
Palestinian Authority’s Abbas Warns of “Deterioration”
Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas has warned of the “extremely serious and grave” situation in Israel and Palestine, saying “it may even deteriorate”.
Meeting European Union foreign chief Federica Mogherini on Monday night, Abbas said the “main reason” for escalating violence is “the feeling of disappointment [among] the young generation” who have “no hope”.
Abbas repeated his criticism of Israel’s “non-respect” for the rules at Jerusalem’s Temple Mount, which includes the al-Aqsa Mosque. A catalyst for this month’s tension has been Palestinian fears that Jews will be allowed to pray on the site.
The Palestinian leader also called for a revival of peace negotiations and a halt to building of Israeli settlements in the West Bank.
Mogherini said before the meeting with Abbas that she hoped they would discuss “concrete steps on the ground, including difficult ones, that can strengthen the Palestinians on an everyday basis”.