A human rights organisation has reported that the Israeli occupation forces have stepped up what it calls their "racist and aggressive practices" against the Palestinian people over the past month, during which Israel carried out dozens of operations and military incursions in the occupied Palestinian territories. "Thirty Palestinians were killed by Israel in March," said the International Solidarity Foundation for Human Rights, "most of them in the besieged Gaza Strip."
The Foundation said that three children under the age of eighteen were martyred in the West Bank. Two of the children – named as Hamza Zayed Jaradat and Zayed Jomah Jaradat, both age 12 ‑ from the area of Wadi Al Reem, near Hebron, were killed when a suspicious object left in the area by the Israeli occupation army exploded. The third minor was Zakaria Jamal Abu Arram, age 17 from the town of Yatta, near Hebron, who was killed during a confrontation with Israeli soldiers when local Palestinians tried to stop the security forces from re-arresting one of the detainees released in the last prisoner exchange deal.
According to the Foundation, Israel's arrests of Palestinians have also increased in the past month. "More than 300 Palestinians, including 56 children and seven women, and many ex-detainees who have already spent many years in prison, were taken into detention by the Israelis," it said in its statement.