Palestinian teen killed, 2 injured in Israeli army raid in Jericho

AFP , Ahram Online , Monday 10 Apr 2023

Israeli occupation forces killed a Palestinian minor and injured two others in a raid on a refugee camp near Jericho in the occupied West Bank on Monday, the Palestinian health ministry said.

Mohamed Fayez Balhan
Mourners carry the body of Palestinian teenager Mohamed Fayez Balhan, 15, out of a morgue in Jericho in the occupied West Bank on April 10, 2023, ahead of his funeral after he was killed during a Israeli raid in the nearby Aqabat Jaber camp. AFP


The boy killed was identified as 15-year-old Palestinian, Mohammad Fayez Balhan, according to WAFA, the Palestinian news agency.

In a brief statement, the Palestinian ministry said one person had been killed "by occupation Israeli bullets in Jericho".

It had earlier said that "two people were injured by live bullets in the lower extremities" and taken to hospital.

Local sources reported that the army surrounded the camp before entering to arrest activists, leading to a confrontation with Palestinian residents.

The soldiers opened fire on the Palestinians, hitting one in the head, chest, and stomach.

The occupation army said its forces were operating in the Aqabat Jaber camp near Jericho, without providing further details.

The Israeli army, along with settlers, have killed 93 Palestinians this year, including 17 minors and one woman.

Israel bombarded the Gaza Strip and Lebanon before dawn on Friday, saying it was targeting Palestinian militant group Hamas in retaliation for several dozen rockets fired at Israel from both territories, an escalation flared after Israeli occupation police stormed into Al -Aqsa mosque in a raid aimed at dislodging Palestinian worshippers who were spending the night in the mosque for Ramadan prayers.

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