RAMALLAH, August 26, 2013 (WAFA) – Presidential spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeineh Monday condemned the Israeli army killing of three Palestinians in Qalandia refugee camp, half way between Ramallah and Jerusalem, earlier in the day describing it as a criminal act.
Israeli soldiers opened fire at Palestinians inside Qalandia camp during an early morning arrest campaign and killed three residents while injuring 15 others, according to sources at Ramallah Medical Complex.
They said Rubin Zaydeh, 35, Younis Jahjouh, 23, and Jihad Aslan, 17, were killed when soldiers opened fire at them during confrontations that broke out in the camp when the army raided it to arrest a former prisoner.
Zaydeh was shot in the chest and died instantly, while Jahjouh died 30 minutes after arriving at Ramallah hospital while undergoing surgery and Aslan was in a coma and died shortly after.
One more person was in critical condition while the other 14 were reported with moderate injuries.
“These Israeli crimes and the tenders for settlements are a clear message of the true Israeli intentions toward the peace process,” said Abu Rudeineh. “There is going to be negative repercussions to these acts.”
Abu Rudeineh called on the US administration to intervene to prevent collapse of US and international peace efforts in the Middle East.
Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah also condemned the killings holding the Israeli government totally responsible for this act.
“Such crimes demand immediate and active international intervention to force Israel to stop its continuous violations and provide international protection to our people,” he said in a statement.