(Reuters, Ali Sawafta, 3/22/14): Including Saturday's incident, Israeli forces have killed at least 60 Palestinians and injured almost 9000 since the resumption of negotiations last July.
(Refiled 3/26/14): The Palestinian Negotiation Affairs Department says that including Saturday's incident, Israeli forces have killed at least 60 Palestinians and injured almost 900 since the resumption of negotiations last July.
: Palestinian officials have been alleging that 60 Palestinians were killed since July 30, but a review of figures from various NGOs does not substantiate the claim. Monthly Humanitarian Bulletins from the United Nations' Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (August 2013 - February 2014, which is the most recent monthly report available), reveal that 38 Palestinians were killed during that time period; another two were killed during the week of March 4 -10, one was killed on March 19 (news reports), and three on March 22 (news reports), for a total of 44 Palestinian fatalities since July 30 through March 22. A tally of the weekly reports from the Palestinian Center for Human Rights comes in slightly higher, with 47 fatalities, including Saturday's fatalities. (This includes several who died from earlier wounds, and an elderly man who died from tear gas inhalation during a clash.) According to B'Tselem, 34 Palestinians were killed from the end of July through February (latest figures available). If we add six more for March (known from news reports, as detailed above), the total is 40 Palestinians killed since peace talks began through Saturday's fatalities.