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Half the Palestinians killed by Israel in 2018 weren’t engaging in hostilities – B’tselem

Israeli security forces killed 290 Palestinians in 2018: 254 Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, including two women and 47 minors, 34 in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, and two in Israel, according to a report released today by B’tselem, a left-wing Israeli human rights group.

B’tselem says 149 of those killed in the coastal enclave did not “take part in hostilities,” while 90 did, and it was unable to determine whether the remaining 15 of those killed in Gaza “took part in hostilities or not.”

An IDF spokesman does not immediately respond to a request for comment about the B’tselem’s findings.

“An analysis of the incidents in which Palestinians were killed over the last year reveals that most were the result of the reckless open-fire policy implemented by Israel’s security forces,” the report says.

— Adam Rasgon

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