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UNRWA condemns killing of staff member in Qalandia

Aug. 27, 2013 10:20 A.M. (Updated: Aug. 28, 2013 7:57 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The United Nations agency for Palestinian refugees on Monday condemned the killing of one of its workers by Israeli forces in Qalandia refugee camp.

"UNRWA deeply regrets to confirm that one of its staff members, a 34-year-old father of four, was shot dead by Israeli forces and killed instantly in an operation in Qalandia refugee camp in the occupied West Bank at approximately seven o'clock this morning," a statement read.

"Credible reports say that he was on his way to work and was not engaged in any violent activity. He was shot in the chest," it added.

Another UNRWA staff member was shot in the leg during the incident and is said to be in a stable condition.

Israeli forces killed three Palestinians in the camp early Monday during an arrest operation. At least 19 people were injured, six critically.

The killing of the three men was widely condemned by Palestinian officials and peace talks planned for Monday in Jericho were canceled as a result of the deaths.

The Palestinian Center for Human Rights condemned Israeli forces for using "excessive force" in "disregard for the civilians' lives."
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