Israeli forces shot and killed, on Monday at dawn, two Palestinian young men and injured another, near the Al-Jalazoun refugee camp, north of Ramallah in the central West Bank, the Ministry of Health confirmed.
According to local sources, a number of military vehicles stormed the camp after 3 am, on a routine arrest campaign. At the same time, three Palestinian young were driving in a vehicle, which soldiers opened fire at with live rounds, killing two of the occupants and injuring a third.
Security sources stated that at least 30 rounds were shot at the vehicle, and eyewitnesses stated that some of the bullets hit the homes of nearby citizens.
The slain young men were identified as Khaled Fadi Anbar, 21, and Basel Qassem Basbous, 19, both from the Al-Jalazoun refugee camp.
The injured young man was identified as Raafat Salama Awad Habash, 19, from nearby Birzeit town.
According to an official army statement, the civilian vehicle allegedly attempted to run over several soldiers, however no soldiers were wounded during the so-called attack.
The army stated that “the force opened fire on the car, killing two of its occupants, and seriously wounding a third.”
The Palestinian Ministry of Health confirmed the death of the two civilians, and local sources said that occupation forces withheld the bodies of the slain men, and detained the wounded young man.
No further information was available regarding the condition of the wounded man at the time of this report.
An eyewitness stated that the soldiers held the corpses in their military truck for at least 30 minutes, and then dragged and threw the bodies on the ground for at least 20 minutes.
It was also reported that soldiers confiscated the bodies, detained the wounded, and towed the vehicle in which the young men were killed, taking them to an undisclosed location.
Later, dozens of Palestinian youths in the Al-Jalazoun refugee camp protested the violent and inhumane acts of the army, throwing stones at armored vehicles and burning tires to express their objection to the killing of the two young men and confiscation of their bodies.
Soldiers responded to the unarmed youths by firing live rounds, rubber-coated steel rounds, concussion grenades, and tear gas canisters, however no injuries were reported among the protestors.