CAIRO: The Israeli Army announced Tuesday it had shot dead two Palestinian men suspected of killing three kidnapped settlers, as the indirect talks of cease-fire are being resumed in Cairo.
“Overnight, Amer Abu Aisha & Marwan Qawame – murderers of #EyalGiladNaftali – were killed in exchange of fire with IDF forces,” said the Israeli Defense Forces spokesperson’s Twitter account.
In June three teenage settlers, Naftali Fraenkel, Gilad Shaer and Eyal Yifrah, were kidnapped. Their bodies were found June 30 in the West Bank and Israeli raids began on Gaza in the following day.
“We promised the families that we would find the murderers. This morning, we did just that,” the Israeli Military Chief of Staff Benny Gantz said.
Israel accused June 26 Qawasme, 29, and Abu Aisha, 33, of kidnapping the settlers.
In July, a body of Palestinian Mohamed Abo Khodeir, 16, was found mutilated and burned, in what is widely seen as a revenge killing for the death of the Israelis.
The situation escalated between both sides and the war started when Israel announced Operation Protective Edge in Gaza, which killed around 2,083 Palestinians, including 561 children and 475 women, and injuring more than 10,482, including 3,189 children, according to a Palestinian Health Ministry report released Aug. 21.
In that same period, 68 Israelis, 64 of whom were soldiers, were killed according to Israeli media reports.
The announcement of killing the two Palestinians coincides with the resuming the indirect talks between Israel and Palestine in Cairo on Tuesday to reach a permanent cease-fire.
The head of the Palestinian delegation Azam al-Ahmad was unavailable to comment on the death of the men.