UN Urges Israel to End ‘Unlawful Killings’ in West Bank

Thu Dec 28 2023
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UNITED NATIONS: A United Nations report issued Thursday said the human rights situation in the occupied West Bank was rapidly deteriorating as it urged Israel to “end unlawful killings” against the Palestinian population.

“The use of military tactics and weapons in law enforcement contexts, the use of unnecessary or disproportionate force, and the enforcement of broad, arbitrary and discriminatory movement restrictions that affect Palestinians are extremely troubling,” a statement issued by UN rights chief Volker Turk said.

Meanwhile, Israeli forces killed a Palestinian man during an overnight raid on Ramallah, seat of the Palestinian Authority in the occupied West Bank, the territory’s health ministry said today.

The army said its forces targeted currency exchange shops in Ramallah and other parts of the West Bank, accusing the businesses of providing funds to Palestinian militant groups.

Palestinians were seen throwing Molotov cocktails at forces in Ramallah. The Palestinian Red Crescent Society said its medics treated eight people for gunshot wounds.

Israel has occupied the West Bank since the 1967 Arab-Israeli war and regularly carries out airstrikes there, though they are far less common in the institutional heartland of Ramallah.

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The Red Crescent said medics were also treating people injured by Israeli forces throughout the West Bank, in the governorates of Hebron, Jericho, Jenin and Nablus.

The army said soldiers fired on “attackers (who) threw explosive devices, Molotov cocktails, stones and opened fire on Israeli security forces” across the territory.

Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant’s office said “millions of shekels intended for Hamas and Islamic Jihad” were seized during the raids.

According to the department’s statement, Gallant said that several such stores “will be declared terrorist organizations because of their activity of transferring funds for terrorist purposes.”

In Ramallah, a damaged exchange office was seen with broken glass across the floor.

The official Palestinian news agency Wafa said Israeli forces “attacked a number of exchange offices, confiscated their contents and detained a number of their owners”.

According to health ministry figures, 522 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli security forces and settlers in the West Bank this year, 314 of them since the war between Israel and Hamas broke out on October 7.

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