Israeli forces tie wounded Palestinian to military vehicle, kill 15 in West Bank

AFP , Ahram Online , Sunday 23 Jun 2024

The Israeli occupation troops tied a wounded Palestinian man to a military jeep using him as a human shield during a raid in the occupied West Bank city of Jenin, the Israeli army admitted on Sunday.

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Palestinian mourners pray at the body of Mohammad Hoshiya, 12, during his funeral in the West Bank village of Qatana, southwest of Ramallah, June 2024. AP


Footage of the incident, which occurred on Saturday, has gone viral showing a Jenin resident strapped horizontally to the bonnet of a military jeep as it passes through a narrow alley.

The Israeli army claimed the Palestinian man was wounded during an operation launched to apprehend wanted suspects.

"In violation of orders and standard operating procedures, the suspect was taken by the forces while tied on top of a vehicle," the statement said.



"The incident will be investigated and dealt with accordingly," the Israeli army said, adding that the wounded man was transferred to the Palestinian Red Crescent for treatment.

"The Israeli occupation forces prevented Palestine Red Crescent crews from providing first aid to an injured person in the Jabarat area of Jenin. They then placed the injured person on the front of a military jeep and detained him before later allowing our crews to transfer him to the hospital," Palestine Red Crescent Society said.

This is not unusual for the Israeli army; they have historically engaged in similar actions, using Palestinians as human shields, even involving children during military offensives on Palestinian towns.

Moreover, the Israeli army killed at least 15 Palestinians during the ongoing raids in West Bank cities during the period between 10 and 19 June, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) said on X.

According to the Palestinian health ministry, the number of Palestinians killed in the occupied West Bank, including Jerusalem, has reached 550 people, including 135 children, since the war on Gaza began, in addition to 5,200 injured.

Meanwhile, the number of Palestinians kidnapped by Israel since 7 October has risen to 9,325, amid continued incursions and attacks by Israeli forces, as reported by Al Jazeera.

The Israeli Broadcast said the army was forced to cancel around 20 new arrest operations scheduled for this week due to the lack of space in prisons.

During the night, several Palestinians were injured by Israeli forces live ammunition near the Israeli segregation barrier adjacent to the town of Al-Ram, north of occupied Jerusalem, WAFA news agency reported.

According to medical sources in Al-Ram, ambulances transported six individuals with gunshot wounds, most of which were to the lower extremities, following the Israeli attack.

On Saturday evening, several Palestinians suffocated during an Israeli army raid in the town of Beita, south of the occupied West Bank city of Nablus, according to local sources.

They reported that a sizable occupation force stormed the town, triggering confrontations, WAFA added.

The soldiers fired volleys of tear gas canisters at the town residents, including local youths protesting the raid.

Furthermore, similar confrontations broke out when occupation forces entered the town of Ajjul, north of Ramallah, and the soldiers opened fire at the people there, but there were no casualties.

Sources also confirmed a similar raid in Silwad town, east of Ramallah, where heavily armed soldiers opened fire at residents' houses. 

Occupation forces frequently raid Palestinian houses almost daily across the West Bank, claiming to search for “wanted” Palestinians and triggering clashes with residents.

These raids are conducted without search warrants, whenever and wherever the military chooses.

Under Israeli military law, army commanders have full executive, legislative, and judicial authority over three million Palestinians living in the occupied West Bank, while Palestinians have no say in how this authority is exercised.




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