Israeli forces shoot dead four Palestinians in West Bank

Israeli forces shoot dead four Palestinians in West Bank
Sat Mar 22, 2014 16:26:18

Israeli security forces have shot dead at least three Palestinians during a raid in the West Bank.

Palestinian security officials said Israeli soldiers carried out the fatal attack on a house in the Jenin refugee camp during the early hours of Saturday to arrest a member of the resistance movement of Hamas. Israeli troops stormed the building and killed the man after he refused to leave.

The incident was followed by a clash between Palestinian protesters and Israeli forces where three young Palestinians were killed.

Meanwhile, medical sources said over a dozen Palestinians were also wounded and two of them are in critical condition.

The fatal incident came three days after Israeli troops killed a Palestinian youth elsewhere in the West Bank.

Israeli forces carry out incursions into the West Bank on an almost daily basis, regularly attacking Palestinian houses and arresting activists and civilians mostly without any charges.

The Saturday fatalities bring to 60 the number of Palestinians killed by Israeli troop since the resumption in July of talks between the Palestinian Authority and Israelis.

More than 900 Palestinians have been wounded in clashes with Israeli forces since.

The last round of Israeli-Palestinian talks broke down in 2010 after the Tel Aviv regime refused to halt its settlement construction.

US Secretary of State John Kerry has called on the Palestinian Authority to extend talks with Israel beyond April.

The Palestinian Authority says the extending of talks is conditioned on a halt on Israel’s settlement constructions in the occupied territories.

The West Bank has been under Israeli military occupation since 1967. There are hundreds of checkpoints in the region that have made life difficult for Palestinians.

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