RAMALLAH: Peace talks between Israeli and Palestinian negotiators expected to take place Monday were cancelled after Israeli security forces shot dead three Palestinians in West Bank clashes, a Palestinian official said.
“The meeting that was to take place in Jericho … today was cancelled because of the Israeli crime committed in Qalandiya today,” the official told AFP, referring to the refugee camp where the clashes erupted before dawn.
He did not set a new date.
“What happened today in Qalandiya shows the real intentions of the Israeli government,” Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas’s spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeina, told AFP as reports of the shooting started to emerge.
He called on the US administration to “take serious and quick steps” to prevent the collapse of peace efforts.
Medics reported three Palestinians shot dead and 19 wounded by Israeli security forces in Qalandiya camp, between Ramallah and Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem, very early Monday.
They named the dead as Rubeen Abed Fares, 30, and Yunis Jahjouh, 22, both
shot in the chest, and Jihad Aslan, 20, who died of brain damage.
The hospital officials said all the casualties had been hit by live ammunition.
An Israeli police spokeswoman said that border police used “riot dispersal means” to disperse a stone-throwing crowd of 1,500 people.