Israeli forces on Saturday shot and killed two Palestinian men at the al-Hamra military checkpoint in the northern Jordan Valley, witnesses said.
Witnesses told Ma’an that the two men were stopped at the checkpoint — also known as Beqaot — and asked by military forces to exit their vehicle, at which point the forces shot them dead.
The witnesses said they did not see the men wielding knives, and told Ma’an the two were “killed in cold blood.” The men sold wholesale goods and were reportedly on their way to distribute merchandise to grocery shops, witnesses added.
An Israeli army spokeswoman told Ma’an that two assailants attempted to stab Israeli soldiers stationed at the security crossing who opened fire in response to the attack.
The two Palestinians received medical treatment on site but were pronounced dead, the spokeswoman said.
No Israelis were injured in the incident.
The men were identified as as 26-year-old Ali Abu Maryam from the village of al-Jadida and 38-year-old Said Abu al-Wafa from the village of al-Zawiya, both southwest of Jenin in the northern West Bank.
The al-Hamra military checkpoint is located in the eastern outskirts of the Nablus district, south of the illegal Israeli settlements of Beqaot and Roi.
Israeli military checkpoints — over 100 of which stand permanently across the occupied West Bank — have been site to several attacks carried out by Palestinian individuals since a wave of unrest spread across the area in October.
Four Palestinians between the ages of 16 and 19 were shot dead in two separate incidents on Thursday after Israel’s army said they attempted to stab Israeli soldiers at the Gush Etzion and Beit Einun junctions. No Israelis were injured in either reported attack.
The Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in response said the deaths marked a “dangerous escalation” and condemned the “continuous series of crimes and field executions by Netanyahu’s government against Palestinians.”
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