IOF kills two Palestinians in the Jordan Valley, Saturday morning

PNN/Jordan Valley

The Israeli occupation Forces killed two Palestinians who they claimed allegedly tried to stab two Israeli soldiers on Saturday morning.

The incident took place at the Bekaot military checkpoint, the crossing that connects the occupied Jordan Valley area to Samaria.

In a statement, the IOF said that the Israeli soldiers were carrying out routine “security activity” at the crossing when they were “confronted by the two assailants”.

They shot and killed both men.  The Israeli soldiers were not injured.

The Palestinians were identified as Ali Abu Maryam, 23, from al-Jadeeda village near Jenin, and Abu al-Wafa, 38, from Zawiya.

12508871_1279813742061043_5708963385885010232_nEyewitnesses said that the Israeli soldiers opened fire at the two men while the bus which transfers Palestinian workers to the 48 territories was waiting the passengers to get in.

Furthermore, according to witnesses, Palestinian Medical crews were prevented from approaching the scene.

The IOF has been criticized internationally in recent months for its ‘preemptive shootings’ of Palestinians alleged to be holding knives. In addition several of the incidents in which the IOF has claimed that they were ‘attacked’ have proven to be false.

The current tension situation is ongoing since October first, due to repetitive Israeli settler attacks on Al-Aqsa mosque, the third holiest place in Islam, and Israeli restrictions over Palestinian entrance, in addition to the Duma arson attack which killed a baby and his parents on July, 31.

Since then, over 150 Palestinians have been killed, including 27 children and 7 women. Some 15,000 have been injured by live ammunition, rubber-coated metal bullets and teargas.