Undercover Israeli forces raided Qalandia refugee camp around 5 a.m. this morning killing three Palestinians. According to Ma’an News, Israel’s occupation forces were wearing civilian clothes and opened fire on a crowd of Palestinians in the camp during an incursion to arrest a recently-released prisoner, Yousef al-Khatib.
al-Khatib had previously spent 10 years incarcerated in an Israeli prison. The dead were identified as Robin al-Abed, 32, Younis Jihad Abu al-Sheikh Jahjouh, 22, and Jihad Asslan, 20.
Ma’an News, Israeli forces kill 3 Palestinians in Qalandia camp:
At least 15 Palestinians were injured by live fire, with six said to be in a critical condition. Most of the injured were shot in the head, chest and upper body, medics said.
Dozens of camp residents quickly surrounded Israeli forces, who opened fire.
Another Israeli military patrol then entered the camp.
Abbas’ spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeinah strongly condemned the incident, calling it a crime against the Palestinian people. The killings show Israel’s true intentions towards the peace process, he added, calling upon the US to intervene and prevent peace efforts from failing…
An Israeli army spokeswoman did not return calls seeking comment.
BBC and AFP say the killings caused the breaking off of peace talks.
Scheduled peace talks will not go ahead with Israel after IDF officers shot dead 3 Palestinians in a border clash, Palestinian officials have said. Negotiations have come under threat recently in light of Israeli plans to expand their settlements.
“The meeting that was to take place in Jericho…today was cancelled because of the Israeli crime committed in Kalandiya today,” an official from the Palestinian Authority told AFP, adding that there would be “repercussions” for the incident.
This action echoes the pre-dawn raid by Israeli forces at Jenin Refugee Camp last Tuesday, when Israeli forces killed Anis Lahlouh, 22, with a bullet to the heart, under similar circumstances– according to Al Jazeera “apparently seeking to arrest a local resident.”
Palestinian youths threw stones at the soldiers, who responded with live gunfire.