Mohammad Ali, age 16, was fatally shot as he ran away from Israeli soldiers; Aref Lahlouh, age 20, was fatally shot after he allegedly tried to stab an Israeli soldier – the soldier was uninjured, but Lahlouh was shot and denied medical attention. These are the 18th and 19th Palestinian deaths at the hands of Israel in the first 25 days of 2023.
reposted from IMEMC January 25, 2023
The Palestinian Health Ministry has confirmed Wednesday the death of a Palestinian minor who Israeli Border Police officers shot in Shu’fat refugee camp, northeast of occupied Jerusalem, in the West Bank.
The Health Ministry said the youth, Mohammad Ali, 16, was fatally wounded during protests that took place when the army invaded the refugee camp to demolish the home of a slain Palestinian.
Israeli media said the teen aimed a toy gun at the soldiers and border police officers, but they shot and killed him “because they didn’t know it was fake.”
The Israeli “Border Police” claimed there was no way to know the gun was fake because it “looked real,” but could not negate the facts, captured on police video, clearly showing the child being shot while running away, after already dropping the “gun.”
Israeli daily, Jerusalem Post, said the police later discovered that the gun was a dummy, adding that although the officers could not have been sure it was a toy gun in advance, it remains “unclear whether the killing was justified, given that at the moment he was hit, the youth had thrown away the “weapon” and was running away.
It stated that a response from the police failed to address the issue of the slain youth being shot after dropping the toy gun and fleeing but said he “showed open signs of presenting a threat.”
The Israeli army refused to comment on the fatal shooting and only stated that even though the soldiers were there, the “incident is managed by the border police, not the military, because it took place in East Jerusalem, not other parts of the West Bank.
Mohammad Ali was officially pronounced dead after he was taken to Hadassah Israeli medical center in Jerusalem. His family tried to take his body for burial, but their request was denied.
Furthermore, the Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS) said the soldiers shot a young man with a live round in the shoulder and caused dozens to suffer the effects of tear gas inhalation.