3 Palestinians killed, 2 in West Bank by Israeli forces, one in Israel by Israeli paramilitary settler
Palestine (AA, imemc.org): Two Palestinians were killed by Israeli army fire in the occupied West Bank on Saturday, according to the Ministry of Health. Meanwhile, a 19-year-old Palestinian resident of the village of Sandala, part of the Gilboa Regional Council in northern Israel, was shot and killed Saturday by an Israeli paramilitary settler from the nearby Israeli settlement Gan Ner.
A ministry of Health statement said the pair lost their lives during an Israeli military raid in the city of Tulkarem, West Bank. Another Palestinian was injured.
The Palestinian Health Ministry has confirmed that the soldiers killed Samer Salah Shafe’ey, 22, after shooting him with live rounds in the neck, chest, and abdomen, and Hamza Jamil Kharyoush, 22, after shooting him in the chest, abdomen, and left leg, reports imemc.org
The Health Ministry added that the soldiers also shot a young man with a live round in the leg, inflicting moderate wounds, and caused many Palestinians to suffer the effects of tear gas inhalation, cuts, and bruises.
The soldiers also abducted Ibrahim Shallash, 20, and Mohammad Baleedy, 23, before withdrawing from the refugee camp.
Local sources said Israeli forces raided the Nur Shams refugee camp in the city early in the day, triggering armed clashes with Palestinian gunmen.
Palestinian group Hamas mourned the two, saying there were members of its armed wing, the Qassam Brigades.
Thousands of Palestinians participated in the funeral processions of the two slain young, starting in front of Thabet Thabet Governmental Hospital in Tulakrem, carrying Palestinian flags and chanting for ongoing resistance until liberation and independence, before heading to Tulkarem refugee camp.
The funeral was held at the Salam Mosque in the Tulkarem refugee camp before the two were buried at the Shuhada graveyard in the Thannaba area, east of Tulkarem.
Meanwhile in Israel, a 19-year-old Palestinian resident of the village of Sandala, part of the Gilboa Regional Council in northern Israel, was shot and killed Saturday by an Israeli paramilitary settler from the nearby Israeli Gan Ner settlement.
The victim was identified as Diar Omari, 20, a Palestinian-Israeli citizen from Sandala, not far from Affula in the Northern District. He leaves behind two sisters and his parents.
According to local sources, Amri was critically wounded by multiple gunshots and was taken to HaEmek Medical Center in Afula, where he was declared dead.
Israeli police said it arrested a 32-year-old Israeli man suspected of being the shooter.
The Israeli gunman is a reserve soldier with the Golani Brigade of the Israeli army and was discharged just a few days ago.
He was not named, but the police said he had a handgun, suspected of being the gun used to shoot Omari.
The attack took place after a traffic incident; both men had been driving cars but got out, and the Israeli man got out his gun and began shooting at the Palestinian, fatally wounding him.
One of Diyar’s relatives told the Arabs48 News website said the whole issue started after a simple traffic incident before the two argued and the Diyar started walking to his car to leave the area and avoid further tension, but the Israeli shot him without justification since it was clear he was not in any danger.
A video released on social media showed the two men arguing, and then the Israeli human pulled out a gun and opened fire at Diar.
The incident could have ended without a fatality if the Israeli gunman did not use his weapon not only to shoot the young man but to inflict fatal wounds, especially since he fired several rounds at him.
Following the shooting, protests began in the village of Sandala. Israeli police deployed into the village, assaulted many Palestinians who protests the young man’s murder, and detained three.
The Israeli police did not reveal sufficient information but said the Israeli who fatally shot Omari claimed: “he killed him in self-defense after feeling his life was in danger,” and added that the officers took the gun he used in the shooting.
The police also detained two persons who allegedly hurled stones at Israeli cars while protesting the young man’s death and called on the Israelis Gan Ner settlement, south of Affula, to remain in their settlement until the situation calms down.
At least 108 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire in West Bank since the start of this year, according to Palestinian figures.
Nineteen Israelis have also been killed in separate attacks during the same period.
[Photo: Israeli forces raid Haris town in Salfit Governorate, Ramallah, West Bank on May 03, 2023. Photojournalist :Issam Rimawi/AA]