Saturday, December 19, 2015

Three Palestinians killed on Friday

Left Mahmoud al-Agha (Khan Younis), right Muhammad Ayyad (Silwad).

Three Palestinians have been killed by Israeli soldiers on Friday. One during clahes in te village of Sinjil, one in Gaza and one after an unsuccesful verhicular attack.
Nashaat Asfour, 33,  succumbed to his wounds on Friday hours after he was shot and critically injured during clashes with Israeli forces in the village of Sinjil north of Ramallah. Israeli soldiers shot him in the chest with an explosive bullet. Asfour underwent an operation at the Palestinian Medical Complex in Ramallah, where he succumbed to his wounds hours later. The use of explosive bullets, also called expanding bullets or "dum dum" bullets, is illegal under international law due to the brutal damage inflicted on the victim, as the bullets are made to splinter apart and become lodged, instead of making a clean exit through the body.Israel has repeatedly denied claims that its forces use such bullets, however Palestinian medical examiners have on occasion documented their use.
Nashaat Asfour
Earlier on Friday Muhammad Abd al-Rahman Ayyad, 21, was killed also by Israeli forces after attempting to run over a group of soldiers with his vehicle in the Ramallah-area village of Silwad, Israel's army said.The man -- identified by locals as Muhammad Abd al-Rahman Ayyad, 21 -- was shot and died shortly after, an army spokesperson confirmed. Ayyad was reportedly left to bleed in his vehicle before an Israeli ambulance arrived, taking his body in a black plastic bag to an unknown destination. Locals told Ma’an that Ayyad had left a will before carrying out the attack.
Just an hour earlier, another Palestinian was shot and detained after he reportedly attempted to run his vehicle into Israeli forces deployed at the Qalandiya military checkpoint near Ramallah, Israeli police said. A spokesperson for Israeli police, Luba al-Samri, said that a man in a vehicle with Palestinian license plates approached the checkpoint and sped towards Israeli police and soldiers in an attempt to run them over.“A guard then opened fire at the car as it hit a cement column,” al-Samri said in a statement.
Hours later, 20-year-old Mahmoud Muhammad Saed al-Agha was shot dead by Israeli military forces when clashes broke out near Khan Younis in southern Gaza. A spokesperson for Gaza’s Ministry of Health,  Ashraf al-Qidra, told Ma’an that 20-year-old Mahmoud Muhammad Saed al-Agha was shot dead by Israeli forces when clashes broke out near Khan Younis in southern Gaza. Mahmoud brother Bassem was killed in 2014, durg the Israeli mikitary campaign against Gaza. Al-Qidra said 31 people were shot and injured by live fire on Friday, 9 by rubber-coated steel bullets, and 14 suffered from severe tear gas inhalation. Over 150 Palestinians were shot and injured by live and rubber-coated steel bullets during Friday's clashes in both the Gaza Strip and the occupied West Bank.
Friday’s deaths brought the total number of Palestinians killed from direct confrontations with Israeli military forces and settlers since Oct. 1 to 130. Nineteen Israelis have been killed in attacks carried out by Palestinian individuals in the same time period.The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian affairs said in a report Friday that the circumstances of several Palestinian deaths remain disputed while citing “serious concern” for Israel’s excessive use of force and “extrajudicial killing” in many cases.

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