Israeli Occupying forces Monday killed two Palestinians and injured one after they allegedly rammed their car into an Israeli soldiers’ vehicle in the occupied West Bank. The troops open fire on the vehicle in the Kafr Nimeh village, west of Ramallah. The locals said that it was a normal car accident while the Israeli soldiers claimed it to be an attack. The Palestinian foreign minister Riyad Maliki said that the incident was “a brutal execution” in which two young men were shot in cold blood. Locals identified the murdered Palestinians as Amir Mahmoud Jumaa Darraj, 20, from the Kharbatha al-Misbah village, and Youssef Raed Mahmoud Anqawi, 20, from Beit Sira. According to local media, the three of them were workers and were on their way to work when they were surprised by Israeli soldiers. This made their car slip on the wet road hitting a military vehicle. The crash resulted in the injuring of two soldiers.
“Assailants ran over a number of soldiers who had stopped at the side of the road on their way out of the village. An [army] officer was severely injured and a Border Police soldier was lightly injured as a result,” said a statement from the Israeli military. Later the military also claimed that the passengers in the car threw firebombs at an Israeli checkpoint before and additional molotov cocktail was also found in the vehicle. The Palestinian Foreign Ministry called on the International Criminal Court (ICC) to speed up its investigation of Israel’s war crimes against Palestinians after the killing of two young men. “Failure to hold Israeli officials accountable for their crimes and grave violations of international and humanitarian law leads the occupation army to persist in disregarding the life of Palestinians, their land, property, holy places, homes and their national and humanitarian presence in their homeland,” it said.
Clashes erupted after the killing between locals and Israeli forces which led to sealing off the village by the occupying forces.
Prior to this incident, the Israeli soldiers arrested 11 alleged Hamas members in the Ramallah overnight.