Jerusalem 24 – The Palestinian Ministry of Health published statistics this Monday indicating Israel has killed 50 Palestinians since the beginning of the year, including women and children.
Official statistics reveal that the majority of the slain Palestinians were killed when Israeli forces stormed Palestinian cities, towns, villages, and refugee camps, rather than during stabbing incidents like the string of attacks in 2015.
The statistics do not include the three Palestinians with Israeli citizenship killed during the 22 March Beer Sheeba attack (Mohammad Abu Al-Qi’an from the Negev) as well as the 27 March Al-Khadera attack (Aymen and Ibrahim Ighbariya from Umm Al-Fahem).
The first Palestinian to be killed this year was Bakeir Hashash, who was killed in the Balata Refugee Camp on 6 January. Mustafa Falaneh was killed on the same day after being run over by a settler, west of Ramallah.
17 Palestinians were killed by Israeli forces in Jenin, while seven were killed in Nablus and seven in Bethlehem. Five Palestinians were killed in occupied Jerusalem, and five more in Hebron. Four Palestinians from Ramallah were killed, two from Qalqilya, one from Tulkarem and another from Jericho. One Palestinian worker from Gaza was also killed in Tulkarem yesterday as he tried to cross the separation wall.