Israel kills Palestinian in West Bank: Palestinian ministry

AFP , Ahram Online , Thursday 12 Jan 2023

Israeli forces killed a Palestinian in the occupied West Bank on Thursday, the Palestinian health ministry said.

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Palestinian mourners gather around the body of Ahmed Amer Salim Abu Junaid, who succumbed to his wounds after he was shot earlier during clashes when Israeli troops raided the Balata refugee camp, in the West Bank town of Nablus, on January 11, 2022. AFP


"Samir Aouni Harbi Aslan, 41, was killed after he was wounded by a bullet of the Israeli occupation army that penetrated his chest during the aggression on Qalandia camp" for Palestinian refugees near Ramallah, the ministry said.

The Israeli occupation army said it was checking the incident, but did not immediately provide any information.

Aslan, 41, was killed while he was trying to prevent Israeli soldiers from detaining his son during a military raid into the camp, according to the Palestinian news agency WAFA.

While withholding Aslan’s body bleeding, the gun-toting soldiers prevented people from providing first aid to the slain young man.

WAFA said that a sizable army force barged its way into the refugee camp from several directions and detained at least 15 people.

Following Aslan’s death, Palestinian national factions have announced a general strike in the refugee camp in mourning of Aslan, as WAFA stated

Aslan is the third Palestinian to have been killed in the West Bank in 24 hours, and the seventh since the start of the year.

On Wednesday, an Israeli civilian shot dead a 19-year-old Palestinian, identified as Sanad Mohammad Samara, a resident of the Hebron district town of Dahriyeh, also died of his critical wounds sustained after being shot by Israeli forces near the illegal colonial settlement of Havat Yahuda, south of Hebron, according to Palestinian news agency WAFA.

Earlier that day, a Palestinian youth, identified as Ahmad Amer Abu Jneid, 21, succumbed to his critical injury sustained earlier during an Israeli army raid of Balata refugee camp in Nablus. 

The swearing-in last month of the most right-wing government in Israel's history, led by Benjamin Netanyahu, has sparked fears of a military escalation in the West Bank which Israel has occupied since the 1967 Six-Day War.

The Israeli occupation forces have killed seven Palestinians since the start of 2023, including three teens. They killed 224 Palestinians in 2022, including 59 people from the northern West Bank district of Jenin. According to Palestinian Health Ministry’s statistics.

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