12 Palestinians killed since the outset of direct peace talks

12 Palestinians killed since the outset of direct peace talks


GAZA/OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, Israeli occupation authorities are responsible for the deaths of 12 Palestinians since direct peace talks kicked off between Israel and the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah in early September, the Quds Press reported.

The Gaza Strip saw the majority of killings of Palestinians during the talks. Eight Palestinians were killed there against three others who were killed in Jerusalem and one in the West Bank.

Khaled al-Khatib, 35, Saleem al-Hattab, 20, of the Gaza Strip were killed early Sunday morning, Sept. 5, after Israeli night raids targeting a tunnel on Gaza’s border with Egypt.

An Israeli tank bombed an orchard in Beit Hanoun, northern Gaza Strip on Sunday Sept. 12, killing three Palestinians, including Ibrahim Abu Asad, 92, and his grandson Hassam, 17, along with another man in his twenties.

On Sept. 14, the day the second round of peace talks began in the Egyptian resort of Sharm al-Sheikh, an Israeli policeman in Tel Aviv shot and killed 22-year-old Hazem Abu al-Dab’at of Jerusalem while he was handcuffed.

Wajdi al-Qadi, 23, of Rafah city, Gaza Strip was killed Setp.15 after an Israeli warplane shelling of a tunnel on the Egyptian-Palestinian border that destroyed the tunnel and killed Qadi who was a worker inside it.

In the northern West Bank city of Tulkarem, Israeli soldiers assassinated Iyad Shilbaya, 38, a leader in the Qassam Brigades, Hamas’s armed wing, after shooting him while he was sleeping in his bed on Sept. 17.

In occupied Jerusalem, an Israeli guard in the Silwan town shot and killed on Wednesday, Sept. 22 Samer Sarhan, 32, and injured a number of others sparking violent protests throughout the holy city.

On Friday Sept. 24, a Palestinian fisherman Mohammed Bakr, 22, from Gaza was shot down by the Israeli navy in the northern Gaza Strip town of Beit Lahiya.

A one-and-a-half-year-old infant Mohammed Abu Sarah died the same day in the Isawiya district of Jerusalem after inhaling tear gas Israeli soldiers fired at Palestinians during protests.

An element from Hamas’s armed wing Mahmoud al-Ammarein, 22, died on Sunday Sept. 26 from injuries he sustained less than two weeks back in an Israeli bombing against east Gaza Strip.