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“It is vital that there is a thorough, credible investigation into these deaths in order to clarify and bring about possible accountability,” Wallström said during a parliamentary debate, according to media reports.
Following Wallström’s remarks, Israel’s foreign ministry reprimanded Sweden’s ambassador in Tel Aviv.
The ministry said the Swedish foreign minister was “giving support to terror and thus encouraging violence.”
Israeli forces have killed more than 150 Palestinians during an escalation of violence that began at the outset of October last year.
Human rights groups have criticized Israel for reflexively using lethal force when alleged attackers no longer pose an immediate threat.
In other cases, Palestinians may not have been attempting any attack when they were slain.
Earlier this week, two Palestinians were killed at al-Hamra checkpoint in the north of the occupied West Bank’sJordan Valley in what eyewitnesses described as “an act of cold blood.”
Ali Hajj Muhammad, 21, and Said Abu al-Wafa, 38, were shot immediately after being asked by soldiers to exit their car on Saturday, 9 January.
An Israeli army spokesperson told the Ma’an News Agency that the pair had attempted to stab soldiers, but witnesses said that the men were not carrying knives when they were shot.
According to the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights, Muhammad, from al-Jadida village near the West Bank city of Jenin, was a third-year student at al-Quds Open University. Abu al-Wafa was a trader from al-Zawiya village near Jenin.
Two more Palestinians were killed during alleged stabbing attacks in the occupied West Bank on Thursday.
Israeli forces shot Haitham Mahmoud Abd al-Jalil, 31, after he allegedly injured an officer at a checkpoint near the West Bank city of Nablus. A soldier was reported to have been lightly injured during the incident.
Hours later, Muayyad Awni Jabarin, 20, was shot by Israeli forces near the Beit Einoun junction outside the city of Hebron.
Witnesses told the Ma’an News Agency that Israeli soldiers prevented medics from accessing the injured man.
Two other young Palestinians were killed at the Beit Einoun junction on Tuesday while allegedly attacking Israeli soldiers.
Muhammad Kawazba, 23, from the nearby village of Sair, was shot dead after he attempted to stab soldiers, according to an Israeli army spokesperson.
The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights said that Israeli forces left Kawazba’s body on the ground for around two hours and denied Palestinian medics access to him.
Adnan Hamid al-Mashni, 17, from the village of Shayoukh, was shot and wounded during the same incident.
“An Israeli army spokesperson alleged that al-Mashni had driven Kawazba to the junction to carry out the attack. She confirmed that Israeli forces shot him, and said he afterward fled the scene,” Ma’an reported.
Al-Mashni was evacuated to a nearby hospital with a gunshot wound to the chest and soon died of his injuries.
That same day, Israeli forces detained Majdi Ahmad al-Jabari, 25, who had transported al-Mashni to hospital. According to the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights, al-Jabari was interrogated for eight hours before being released.
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