Watch: Tulkarm residents mourn the bodies of 3 young men who were killed by Israeli army fire

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Residents of Tulkarm in the West Bank mourned the funeral of three Palestinians killed by Israeli fire overnight on Wednesday.

The Ministry of Health said that the three men, all under the age of 30, were killed by Israeli bullets in the city of Tulkarm, after the Israeli army raided several Palestinian cities in the West Bank during the night.

Faisal Salama, coordinator of the National Action factions in Tulkarm, said: “Today, we said goodbye to three young men who were killed in cold blood. Young people in Nablus, Tulkarm, and Jenin gather in the streets and sit in cafes, and this is normal. They were sitting in the café and did not carry weapons. They were not wanted by justice or outlaws.”

Yesterday, Wednesday, the Israeli army shot dead a Palestinian student named Ayser Safi, following a march commemorating the 76th anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba, in which participants gathered at the northern entrance to the city of Al-Bireh, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health.

An eyewitness who was next to Ayser when he was injured said: “Ayser was injured, and the army attacked him, surrounded him, and did not allow anyone to approach him.”

Also overnight, Israeli police said they shot a Palestinian who they claimed tried to stab an officer in East Jerusalem. Police said officers were beginning to search the man when he pulled out a knife and attacked them. The officers then shot and killed him. The identity of the attacker was not clear.

For two years, the West Bank has witnessed an escalation in violence, exacerbated by the Hamas attack on southern Israel on October 7 and the outbreak of war in the Gaza Strip.

At least 502 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces or settlers in the West Bank since the start of the war between Israel and Hamas.