Two Palestinians were reportedly killed when the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) opened fire at a Palestinian vehicle near Shufa village in the southeast of Tulkarem at dawn Thursday.
The Palestinian health ministry identified the young martyrs as Abdul-Rahman Atta, 23, and Hudhayfa Fares, 27.
Israeli soldiers showered a car carrying two Palestinians with bullets, critically wounding them and preventing ambulance crews from evacuating them.
The two young men were left bleeding until they breathed their last and taken in an Israeli military ambulance to an unknown location.
Following the incident, the IOF forces closed all entrances to Shufa village, southeast of Tulkarem, and prevented movement in both directions. Journalists were also attacked and prevented from covering the incident. The windshield of a Palestine TV car was smashed during the attack.
Earlier at dawn, Israeli forces infiltrated into the Tulkarem refugee camp amid heavy use of teargas bombs and live ammunition.
During the raid, the IOF forces arrested Ahmed Abdullah Saleh Al-Khadra, 35, and Saad Mahmoud Balawneh, 45 after breaking into their houses and brutally attacking their families.
In order to protect the students, the Tulkarem Directorate of Education announced that all schools in the city and its suburbs would be closed until nine o’clock.
This year is shaping up to be one of the bloodiest in the occupied West Bank. According to Palestinian estimates, at least 251 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli occupation forces so far this year, including 47 children, 11 women, and eight elderly.
These serious human rights violations require urgent international intervention to hold those responsible to justice and provide protection to civilians during conflicts.
The international community must also support the Palestinian people’s right to self-determination and freedom, dignity, and autonomy.