Israeli forces kill 3 Palestinians in Nablus

Israeli forces kill 3 Palestinians in Nablus

Three Palestinians were killed by Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank city of Nablus on Tuesday, the Palestinian health ministry said.

The three people “killed by Israeli bullets” are Noureddine al-Ardah, 32, Montasser Salamé, 33, and Saad al-Kharaz, 43, the Palestinian ministry said. The Israeli army spoke of three “armed terrorists” who opened fire on its soldiers from a vehicle in Nablus, saying they responded with fire that “neutralized” them.

The soldiers also confiscated three M16 rifles, a firearm, cartridges and military equipment, the army said in a statement.

These new deaths come against the backdrop of an outbreak of violence linked to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict since the beginning of the year, in particular in the West Bank, a Palestinian territory occupied by Israel since 1967.

Nabil Abou Roudeina, spokesman for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, denounced a “war crime”.

“Israeli crimes will not bring our people to their knees or bring security and stability to anyone,” he said in a statement.

At least 201 Palestinians have been killed since the beginning of the year in violence linked to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, as well as 27 Israelis, a Ukrainian and an Italian, according to an AFP count established from official sources.

These statistics include, on the Palestinian side, combatants and civilians, and on the Israeli side, mostly civilians and three members of the Arab minority.

Excluding occupied and annexed East Jerusalem, nearly three million Palestinians live in the occupied West Bank. Around 490,000 Israelis also live there in settlements considered by the UN to be illegal under international law.


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