Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

EYE ON AFRICA

Nigeria: Army denies reports of missing soldiers after Boko Haram attacks

Read more

FOCUS

Despite economic blockade and corruption scandals, Qatar prepares for its 2022 World Cup

Read more

ENCORE!

Beatmaker & singer Estère brings her musical melting pot to Afropunk Paris

Read more

THE OBSERVERS

Iran water shortages, street art in Yemen, and more

Read more

TALKING EUROPE

Maltese foreign minister: ‘We need to implement legal paths of migration into Europe’

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

FIFA takes home revenue of over €5 billion from World Cup

Read more

IN THE PRESS

Les Bleus 2018: The new 'tsars' of world football

Read more

TALKING EUROPE

Eurogroup chief Centeno: ‘We need to an end what seems to be a trade war’

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Trump rocks the boat in UK

Read more

Middle East

Palestinians shot dead after knife attacks in West Bank

© AFP | Israeli security forces fire tear gas canisters to disperse Palestinian protesters during a demonstration in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron on October 27, 2015.

Text by NEWS WIRES

Latest update : 2015-10-28

Three Palestinians were shot dead after attacking Israeli soldiers with knives in the occupied West Bank on Tuesday, the military said, and an American-Israeli wounded in an attack two weeks ago died of his injuries, an Israeli hospital said.

Religious and political tensions over a Jerusalem site sacred to both Muslims and Jews have fuelled the worst wave of Israeli-Palestinian violence since the 2014 Gaza war.

The Israeli military said that soldiers had approached two Palestinians they found acting suspiciously at a junction near a Jewish settlement. When the suspects stabbed and wounded one of the soldiers, they were shot, the army said in a statement.

A military spokesman said they had been killed. Their families said they were 17 and 22 years old. Hours later, the army said it had shot dead another Palestinian who tried to stab a soldier in the Palestinian city of Hebron.

Since Oct. 1, at least 59 Palestinians, 32 of whom Israel has said were armed assailants, have been shot dead by Israelis at the scene of attacks or during protests in the West Bank and in Gaza.

Many of the attackers have been teenagers. Many Palestinians say Israeli police and soldiers are using excessive force, while Israel says lethal force is justified against deadly threats.

Amnesty International said on Tuesday that it had found some of the killings of Palestinians had been unjustified, and that Israeli forces were using “extreme and unlawful measures”.

In a statement, the rights group said it had documented at least four cases in which Palestinians had been deliberately shot dead without posing an imminent threat, “in what appear to have been extrajudicial executions”.

The number of Israelis killed in Palestinian attacks rose to 11 after the death of American-Israeli Richard Lakin, 76, who had been wounded on Oct. 13 when two Palestinians staged a stabbing and shooting attack on a Jerusalem bus, killing two other passengers.

Israeli security forces shot dead one of the assailants and captured the other, police said.

Cameras

Lakin, a former school principal in Glastonbury, Connecticut, moved to Israel in the early 1980s. A Facebook page that appeared to have been set up by his family said he had taught at an Arab-Jewish school that is a rare example of co-existence in Jerusalem.

Lakin’s death was announced by Jerusalem’s Hadassah hospital. The U.S. ambassador called it “devastating news”.

The focus of the Palestinian attacks appears to have shifted over the past few days from Jerusalem and cities across Israel to the Israeli-occupied West Bank, and their frequency has also declined.

But there has been no apparent action toward implementing a Jordanian proposal, promoted by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, to try to stem the bloodshed by installing cameras to monitor Jerusalem’s flashpoint al-Aqsa mosque compound.

Increasing numbers of religious Jews visiting the compound, which is Islam’s holiest site outside Saudi Arabia and revered in Judaism as the location of two destroyed biblical temples, have led to Palestinian allegations that Israel is violating a “status quo” under which Jewish prayer there is banned.

Israel has pledged to abide by the long-standing arrangement.

In a statement on Tuesday, the Palestinian Authority complained of “continued assaults on sacred sites” and said Palestinians would press on with what it termed a “peaceful uprising” until Israel’s occupation of land captured in a 1967 war ended.

(REUTERS)
 

Date created : 2015-10-28

  • ISRAEL - PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES

    UN chief ‘not optimistic’ about Israeli-Palestinian crisis

    Read more

  • ISRAEL - JORDAN

    Israel, Jordan agree new security measures for flashpoint al-Aqsa mosque

    Read more

  • MIDDLE EAST

    How do Palestinians in East Jerusalem view current wave of violence?

    Read more

COMMENT(S)