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3 Palestinians killed in 24 hours as Israel‘s West Bank crackdown continues

By Haley Paladino - June 21, 2014
Section: [Main News]
Tags: [culture of impunity] [Hebron] [Qalandia Refugee Camp] [Hares]

The funeral of Mahmoud Jihad Muhammed Dudin in Dura.

Three Palestinians were killed in the last 24 hours as a result of raids carried out by Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank.

Mahmoud Jihad Muhammed Dudin, 14, was fatally shot five times in the chest with live ammunitions during a raid on the village Dura, near Hebron, early Friday morning. According to Ma'an News Agency, Israeli forces opened fire directly on Dudin when he and other Palestinians responded to the invasion of their village by throwing stones at Israeli soldiers. 

Mustafa Hosni Aslan, 22, died of injuries sustained during violent clashes during an Israeli raid of Qalandia refugee camp, near Ramallah, the same day. He was shot in the head with live ammunition. Two other Palestinians were injured during the same incursion. Israeli forces confirm having opened fire when a grenade was thrown at them during the raid, they say

An elderly man in Haris, a village in the northern West Bank, died of a heart attack Friday while Israeli forces raided his home. Israeli troops prevented the man, reportedly in his sixties, from being taken to the hospital by his family. An estimated four homes were raided during the same raid, according to a source who preferred to remain anonymous. The anonymous source told Palestine Monitor Israeli soldiers beat Palestinians and broke one man’s hand.

It has now been over a week since three settler teens, Naftali Fraenkel, Gilad Shaar and Eyal Yifrach, disappeared while hitchhiking in the West Bank. While no group has officially claimed responsibility for what Israeli authorities suspect to be a kidnapping, Israeli forces have pinned responsibility to Hamas and have begun a punitive campaign against the organization. Members of the Palestinian Authority have also been detained throughout the course of the crackdown.

More than 1150 Palestinian homes have been raided, an estimated 350 Palestinians have been detained, Palestinian news agencies reported. A total of ten Palestinians have been killed since the teens went missing, four in the course of the raids in the West Bank and six killed by Israeli air strikes on Gaza. 

The Palestinian Liberation Organization released a statement today condemning the occupation, calling for intervention from the international community and noting the 60th day of the on going Palestinian prisoners' hunger strike. 

"[Israel's] decision to conduct a wide military operation following the disappearance of three Israeli settlers through indiscriminate acts and collective punishment will only contribute to further fueling the conflict," the statement reads. "Occupation fosters insecurity. Israeli occupation must end for peace and security to prevail."  

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