April 2, 2023

No less than 84 Palestinians have been killed to date in 2023, placing this 12 months on observe to be one of many bloodiest.

Israeli forces have shot useless a Palestinian man who they declare was approaching them with a knife drawn, the newest killing of a Palestinian within the occupied West Financial institution.

The Palestinian well being ministry introduced the demise of Yazan Omar Jamil Khasib, 23, who died “after the occupation [Israeli forces] opened hearth on him on the northern entrance of el-Bireh” metropolis close to Ramallah, within the occupied West Financial institution, on Friday.

Not one of the Israeli forces was harmed.

The Israeli military later stated its forces “noticed a suspect and requested him to determine himself”. They claimed the person then drew a knife and Israeli troops opened hearth and “neutralised” him, the military stated in an announcement, including the killing befell near Beitin, a Palestinian village close to el-Bireh.

Because the starting of this 12 months, at the very least 84 Palestinians, together with youngsters, have been killed by Israeli forces.

On Thursday, at the very least 4 Palestinians, together with a youngster, had been killed by Israeli forces within the occupied West Financial institution metropolis of Jenin. Per week earlier, Israeli forces killed three Palestinians in a Jenin raid and, lower than 48 hours later, six others had been killed in one other raid in the identical metropolis.

In January, Israeli troopers killed 9 Palestiniansincluding an aged lady, throughout a large-scale operation carried out within the Jenin refugee camp.

Palestinian assaults towards Israelis led to the demise of 14 individuals in 2023.

Friday’s killing of the 23-year-old provides to the present spherical of bloodshed and places 2023 on observe to be one of many worst years for violence within the Palestinian territories for years.

Greater than 170 Palestinians had been killed in Israeli raids within the occupied West Financial institution and east Jerusalem in all of 2022, making final 12 months one the deadliest within the occupied territories since 2004, in accordance with the human rights group B’Tselem.

Throughout the identical interval in 2022, 30 Israelis had been killed, in accordance with information stories.

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