Palestinian teen Mohammad Fayez Balhan was killed Monday by Israeli soldiers as they raided a refugee camp. Israel has taken nearly 100 Palestinian lives so far this year; Palestinians have killed 16 Israelis.
reposted from IMEMC – the International Middle East Media Center, April 10, 2023
On Monday morning, many Israeli army vehicles invaded the Aqabat Jaber refugee camp in Jericho, in the northeastern part of the occupied West Bank, leading to protests, before the soldiers fatally shot a Palestinian youth, injured two young men, and abducted five.
Media sources said a large military force surrounded and isolated the refugee camp before undercover soldiers invaded it and encircled a home.
Minutes later, many army vehicles stormed the refugee camp and deployed sharpshooters on rooftops of nearby homes and buildings, leading to protests.
The Palestinian Health Ministry said the soldiers killed a Palestinian youth, Mohammad Fayez Balhan, 15, after shooting him with three bullets to the head, abdomen, and pelvis.
The Health Ministry added that the soldiers also shot two Palestinians with live fire to the lower extremities before the medics rushed them to Jericho governmental hospital.
The Israeli army said the invasion is not directly related to the shooting that led to the death of two Israeli colonizers and the injury of their mother in the Jordan Valley on April 7th.
The army added that “it is operating to curb the rise of shooting incidents in Jericho and the Jordan Valley,” two major West Bank areas that didn’t witness serious security incidents the previous years.
On April 8, 2023, the soldiers killed Ayed Azzam Mahmoud Salim, 20, at the main entrance to Azzoun town, east of Qalqilia, in the northern part of the occupied West Bank.
On April 3, 2023, the soldiers killed Mohammad Mustafa Juneidi (Abu Bakr), 43, and Mohammad Nasser Sa’id Hallaq, 21, in Nablus, in the northern part of the occupied West Bank.
On April 01, 2023, the army killed Mohammad Raed Nayef Baradiya, 23, near the town of Beit Ummar, north of Hebron, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank, and Mohammad Al-Asibi, 26, in occupied Jerusalem.
According to the Health Ministry, Israeli have soldiers killed 93 Palestinians (plus 3 more who died indirectly), including eighteen children, one woman, and a young man from Houra town in the Negev, since the beginning of this year.
For a complete list of Palestinians and Israelis killed since 2000, please visit Israel-Palestine Timeline
NOTE: The entire West Bank has been under Israeli occupation since 1967; all its official entrances and exits are controlled by Israeli soldiers, making its Palestinian inhabitants virtual prisoners. Many are families that were ethnically cleansed from Israel during Israel’s founding war (see this and this and this). Israeli forces often invade them; one example is here.
Israel was established in 1947 through a war of ethnic cleansing of the indigenous population, both Muslims and Christians, and it continues to steal other people’s land for illegal colonies known as ‘settlements.’ While Palestinians most often use nonviolent resistance, a small number use armed resistance against the invaders.
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