Israeli killings in West Bank add another layer of trouble for peace talks

Published December 19th, 2013 - 12:24 GMT
Israel-Palestinian peace talks have been undermined by Israel construction plans as well as IDF soldiers' killings in the West Bank (File Archive/AFP)
Israel-Palestinian peace talks have been undermined by Israel construction plans as well as IDF soldiers' killings in the West Bank (File Archive/AFP)

The death of two Palestinians within 24 hours at the hands of Israeli soldiers this week may undermine the current peace talks, according to Agence France-Presse.


Palestinian Presidential spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeina issued a statement saying that, "This dangerous Israeli escalation aims to thwart American and international efforts to move forward with the peace process, and leads the negotiations to a dead end."


He added, "The presidency condemns the murder crimes committed by the Israeli occupation army" and called on the international community to intervene in the situation.


The spokesman's comments follow the death of one Palestinian officer in the northern West Bank Thursday and another in Jenin Wednesday. Both men were shot and killed by Israeli defense forces who were conducting raids in each victim's respective neighborhoods.


According to the Israeli army, their soldiers were attempting to arrest both individuals but were met with gunfire and thus responded with violence as well. Several Palestinians who were caught in the crossfire have been taken to hospital, with one having died en route.


Both men have been buried in their home cities as of Thursday morning.


In 2013, alone, at least 28 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli troops. 


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