Israeli forces shot and killed two Palestinians, including a teenager, in clashes Friday that accompanied Israel\’s search for three students who have been missing for more than a week in the occupied West Bank.
Israel say one Palestinian man was killed in the Nablus area after ignoring warning shots and approaching them in what was described as "a threatening manner." The man\’s family told the French news agency, AFP, the man was mentally challenged.
Another Palestinian man was killed in gunfire in Ramallah, the Palestinians\’ administrative capital of the West Bank.
The three Israeli youths, one with a U.S. passport, disappeared on June 12 in the southern West Bank. .
Israel has blamed the militant group Hamas for the abduction, but has no proof they were involved. On Sunday, Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu denied that the Israeli military were being heavy-handed in their search for the youths.
"We are in the midst of a concerted effort of bringing the boys back home. This effort entails a certain friction with the civilian population in Judea and Samaria; we have no intention of deliberately harming anyone but our forces are acting as necessary for self-defense and from time to time there are victims or casualties," he said.
A Palestinian spokesman says the three Israeli youths disappeared from an area of the West Bank controlled by Israelis, and the Palestinian Authority is working in coordination with Israel in the search for the missing tens.
Israel has arrested dozens of people, many of them Hamas members, in West Bank raids as the army searches for the missing teens. At least four Palestinians have now been killed in the operation.
Source – Agencies