By Maher Abukhater
RAMALLAH – Two Palestinians were shot dead by Israeli forces early on Wednesday for allegedly attempting to ram their cars into the soldiers during an army operation in Qalandia refugee camp, north of Jerusalem.
Residents said the Israeli forces entered the camp to arrest activists shortly after midnight.
In the process, Israeli soldiers opened fire at two cars in different locations in the camp after the drivers allegedly attempted to run them over.
According to the residents, Israeli forces killed 21-year-old Ahmad Jahjouh, a camp resident, when they shot his car at the entrance to the camp. Hikmat Hamdan, from Ramallah, was shot at a different location. Residents say Hamdan’s car was riddled with bullets.
Residents stated that the Israeli forces prevented Palestinian Red Crescent ambulances from reaching the two men to provide them with medical treatment, and left them on the ground until they bled to death. The army took the dead bodies away.
Residents in the area said the Israeli army raided several homes in the camp and ransacked them. One person was arrested.
Clashes broke out between Palestinians and Israeli soldiers which reportedly injured three soldiers, with one mistakenly shot by fellow Israeli soldier.
Four Palestinians were admitted to a hospital in Ramallah with bullet wounds, one of them with serious injuries, said the Palestinian Ministry of Health.
The camp has declared a general strike on Wednesday and a day of mourning.
More than 120 Palestinians have been killed since early October after the outbreak of violence in the West Bank, East Jerusalem, the Gaza Strip and inside Israel. At least 20 Israelis have been killed in attacks by Palestinians.