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Attacks by the Israeli army and settlers against Palestinians in the West Bank increase | Israeli-Palestinian conflict News


As Israel continues to strike the Gaza Strip from the sky, Palestinians in the occupied West Bank are gripped by tensions and have reported an increase in attacks against them by settlers and soldiers.

Since last Saturday, at least 55 Palestinians have been killed and more than 1,100 others injured.

According to human rights activist Samir Abu Shams, the Israeli military violates several international laws, including the Geneva Conventions, which emphasize that civilians must not be harmed in situations of war and armed conflict.

“What we are seeing today is that the occupying forces are entering civilian areas, creating friction and targeting civilians with shooting without any justification,” said the 60-year-old from Tulkarem. “Most of the Israeli fire targeted Palestinian civilians crossing the street or going to their workplace. »

On the one hand, Abu Shams continues, the Israeli occupation isolates the Gaza Strip from the West Bank.

“On the other, he takes revenge on civilians in the occupied West Bank, takes steps to arm settlers and gives orders to open fire on men, women and children,” he said.

Israeli army fires on Palestinian civilian cars

Karem al-Jallad was driving home from the Tulkarem vegetable market to his home in the city’s southern district around 8:20 p.m. (5:30 p.m. GMT) on Friday. He was on the street near the Jewish settlement of Gishuri, which connects western Tulkarem to the south.

Israeli soldiers fired at his car and al-Jallad, thinking they were sound bombs, continued driving. But he was hit three times by live bullets: in the chest, hand and shoulder.

“There were five bullets in the front of Karem’s car,” his cousin Alaa al-Jallad told Al Jazeera.

“Karem continued driving on the road until he reached al-Safir roundabout, and from there he was transferred by ambulance to the local hospital,” he said .

Karem’s brother Ammar said he was undergoing a second operation.

“Last night, doctors removed the bullet that had hit him in the shoulder and settled in the neck,” Ammar said. “The second bullet caused a fracture and tear in the tendons, according to doctors.”

Ahmed Zahran, of the Palestinian Red Crescent Society in Tulkarem, told Al Jazeera that Israeli soldiers fired on four civilian cars in the same area on Friday, killing one Palestinian and injuring seven others. A second Palestinian, aged 16, was shot dead on Friday and died the next day from his injuries.

“We went there in our ambulance and saw a white Hyundai car being shot at,” Zahran said. “All four passengers were injured, all in serious condition.”

His team transferred three of the wounded, and when they returned for the fourth Palestinian, the Israeli army targeted the medics and the ambulance.

“We continued our work quickly, and at the same time we received a report of shots fired at another car about 30 meters (98 feet) away from us,” Zahran said. “After identifying him, we found no victims, only an empty car in the middle of the street, with no one in it.”

They found Karem at the roundabout and after transferring him to the hospital, they received another call that two other Palestinians had been shot while driving their car as they passed the settlement .

Settler attack

On Thursday evening, Randa Ajaj was in the car with her son Ismail and her husband, returning from the village of Yabrud in Ramallah.

“At one of the checkpoints, a Jewish settler opened fire in the air,” said Ismail, 19. “We thought it was the soldiers, so my father slowed down, but when we saw that it was settlers armed with flashlights and guns trying to attack our car, my father stopped. fled. »

The settlers opened fire. The first bullet hit Ismail in the foot, then landed in his mother’s body, where her kidney is.

Randa, a mother of seven, had donated one of her kidneys to her brother a few years earlier.

A second bullet penetrated Ismail’s shoulder, after shattering the rear window.

Thinking that Randa had just been injured, the father continued driving and went to a medical center in the village of Silwad. From there, an ambulance took them to Ramallah hospital.

“We thought she had passed out from fear because there was no trace of blood, but it turned out it was an explosive bullet that had penetrated my foot and landed on my mother,” said Ismail, his voice breaking. “We didn’t know she was killed.”

Ismail was unable to continue the interview. He keeps watching videos of his mother’s funeral on his phone because he couldn’t attend because he was in the hospital.

“She was loved by everyone,” her brother Abdullah said.

Danger on the roads for Palestinian drivers

Taxi drivers working on the Nablus-Ramallah route have also reduced their trips, citing the closure of checkpoints and an increase in settler attacks.

“There were 112 cars on the Nablus-Ramallah line before the war, and now there are only 25 driven by those from the villages,” said Nael Dweikat, a 51-year-old driver.

“Most entrances to Palestinian villages on this road are closed by earth barriers, as people generally do not go out by car due to the increased danger unless absolutely necessary.”

Dweikat said drivers must take an alternative route to leave Nablus instead of the main road, which takes 45 minutes longer.

“On Thursday, I was exposed to great danger during the funeral of the four Palestinians killed in the village of Qasra,” he said. “By chance, I was at the crossroads of the village of al-Sawiya at the same time as the funeral procession. »

The settlers closed the road and attacked the procession, killing Ibrahim Al-Wadi and his son Ahmed. The road was completely closed for two hours.

“I am afraid and nervous when I travel because the roads are not safe and settlers block and attack Palestinian cars with stones at many intersections in the West Bank,” Dweikat said. “Sometimes it takes some drivers five hours to get from one governorate to another. »

For Abu Shams, the human rights activist, this is all part of a calculated Israeli plan to pressure and provoke displacement of the Palestinian population, whether in the occupied West Bank or the Gaza Strip.

“This is not a hidden agenda,” he said. “Israeli far-right ministers have repeatedly announced that they want a land without Palestinian residents, and they have promised their voters, as part of their election campaigns, to implement this. »

“In short, they want to implement a third Nakba by sowing chaos and disrupting Palestinian institutions in more than one place, especially those that provide services to society. »


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