Palestinians march in protest of the deaths of four young teens

At dawn Friday, hundreds of Palestinians participated in an organized march on Deheisheh refugee camp, south of Bethlehem.

The protesters marched through the streets of the camp and later on outside of it chanting slogans condemning Israel’s extrajudicial killing of Palestinians in the occupied West Bank, specifically the death of the four young men and demanding that Palestinian factions respond to the ongoing Israeli crimes against Palestinians.

According to local sources, the march was organized via social media immediately following the deaths.

Hamas official Izzat al-Rashq referred on social media to Thursday’s deaths as a “crime”:

“The execution of three youths of the Kawazba family at the Gush Etzion crossroads is a Zionist crime to be added to the series of hideous crimes against our people.”

Also commenting on the killing of the young Palestinians, the Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that their deaths marked a “dangerous escalation” in the current situation.

The Ministry’ statement expressed dissatisfaction over the silence of the international community and rights organizations in regards to Israeli policies amid the recent wave of unrest in the occupied Palestinian territory.

“It is enough for an Israeli to shout ‘terrorist’ at a nearby Palestinian for them to be shot without first having to either confirm the claim or attempt to arrest them,” the ministry’s statement said.

In the other hand, Israeli security officials this week reported that security coordination between the Palestinian Authority and Israeli [occupation] forces has been “exceptionally good” in recent weeks, with the PA reportedly cracking down on activity by Palestinians in the occupied West Bank.

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