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Israeli forces kill 27

Jerusalem: Israeli forces killed 27 Palestinians in the West Bank in 2013.

It was also the first time in 10 years more Palestinians were killed in the West Bank than in the Gaza Strip, where Israeli forces killed nine Palestinians in 2013.

Three Israeli security forces personnel were killed, two in the West Bank and one in Gaza.

Two Israeli soldiers were killed in separate incidents in the West Bank in 2013 and an Israeli fixing the border fence with the Gaza Strip was shot dead by a sniper from inside the blockaded Palestinian territory.

B'Tselem spokeswoman Sarit Michaeli slammed the Israeli army's “lack of seriousness” in investigating the incidents where Palestinian civilians were killed by Israeli troops.

The army has only once indicted and convicted a soldier in some 28 separate incidents that have killed 35 Palestinians in the last two-and-a-half years, B'Tselem said.



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