13-year-old Palestinian boy shot dead by Israeli forces near Ramallah

AFP , Ahram Online , Tuesday 9 Jul 2024

The Palestinian health ministry said Tuesday that Israeli troops had shot dead a 13-year-old boy near the occupied West Bank's main city of Ramallah.

Ghassan Zahran
This picture courtesy of Palestinian news agency Wafa shows the farewell and funeral of the martyred child Ghassan Zahran (13 years old) in Palestine Medical Complex, Ramallah on July 9, 2024.


Ghassan Gharib Zahran "was martyred by occupation bullets" at Deir Abu Mishal, near Ramallah, a Palestinian health ministry statement said.

Israeli forces had set up an ambush on the street adjacent to the West Bank town and opened live fire at several children present nearby, local sources told Palestinian news agency WAFA.

Local sources said Zahran was shot and critically injured in the stomach during the attack.

The boy's cousin, Munther Zahran, corroborated local sources, saying Zahran was hit by a "bullet in the stomach" while he was in the main street of Deir Abu Mishal.

"Settlers use the road and the army is constantly monitoring it," he added.

Following the attack, Zahran was taken to a local clinic and then transferred by ambulance to the Palestinian Medical Complex in Ramallah where he would later succumb to his wounds.

A video circulated on X showed crowds carrying the martyred boy's coffin during his funeral.



Occupied by Israel since 1967, the West Bank has seen an escalation in violence against Palestinians since Israel's war on Gaza erupted on 7 October.

At least 572 Palestinians, including 137 children, have been killed in the West Bank by Israeli troops or settlers since October 7, WAFA reported citing Palestinian officials.

About 5,350 Palestinians have been wounded in such attacks, WAFA added.

The Nur Shams refugee camp, near Tulkarem, has also been targeted by several Israeli army raids in recent weeks.

Army bulldozers tore up the camp's main street and destroyed several buildings on Tuesday, an AFP journalist saw.

Palestinian officials confirmed earlier reports on Tuesday that the camp's main street was destroyed in an Israeli raid.

Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Mohammed Mustafa said there would be major "humanitarian repercussions" from the Israeli action.

"Recent events have shown the unprecedented destruction of essential infrastructure, including the water and electricity networks, and significant demolition" of Palestinian homes, Mustafa said in a statement.

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