Palestinian killed during Israeli raid on Jenin camp

Ahmad Massad (18) died in an 'execution crime' according to the Palestinian foreign ministry (Twitter)

AJ Staff

Al-Jazeera  /  April 27, 2022

At least 47 Palestinians have been killed by Israelis since the start of 2022.

Ahmad Fathi Masad, 18, was shot dead during an Israeli army dawn raid in Jenin; at least three others were injured.

Occupied West Bank Israeli forces have shot dead a Palestinian teenager during a raid on the Jenin area in the northern occupied West Bank.

The 18-year-old was identified as Ahmad Fathi Masad, a former prisoner from the village of Burqin, west of Jenin.

His killing in the Jenin refugee camp was reported just after dawn on Wednesday, and a funeral procession was held for him an hour later.

The Palestinian health ministry said he was killed with a bullet to his head. Three other Palestinian youth were also wounded by Israeli live fire and are in stable condition.

Armed confrontations broke out with Palestinian fighters in the camp.

The Israeli army said that it was “conducting counterterrorism activity” in Jenin, but did not comment on any casualties.

The Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) movement, which is active in the Jenin camp, said in a statement: “The blood of the martyr Ahmad and all the martyrs, will not go in vain.”

Israeli forces arrested at least 15 Palestinians in raids on other parts of Jenin and across the occupied West Bank on Wednesday.

Masad’s killing comes just a day after another Palestinian, 20-year-old Ahmad Ibrahim Owaidat, was killed during a raid on the Aqabet Jaber refugee camp in Jericho, in the eastern West Bank.

Israel has stepped up raids and arrests across the West Bank after four attacks in Israel left 14 people, including three police officers, dead.

At least 47 Palestinians have been killed by Israelis since the start of 2022.

Jenin has become the target of increasing Israeli military raids, arrests and targeted assassinations, in an attempt to crack down on growing Palestinian armed resistance there.

Fears are rampant of a possible large-scale Israeli invasion of the camp, where the armed wings of the PIJ and Fatah movements are active.

Israeli forces have killed 11 Palestinians over the past two weeks in the West Bank, including six from Jenin.

Last week, when the Jewish festival of Passover and the Muslim holy month of Ramadan overlapped, settler incursions under police protection led to daily confrontations with Palestinians at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, with many Palestinians injured and arrested.

Weeks of protests against the forced displacement of Palestinians in occupied East Jerusalem, and raids by Israeli forces on Al-Aqsa during Ramadan last year, escalated into a widespread uprising across Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories, and an 11-day assault on the Gaza Strip.



 West Bank: Israeli forces kill Palestinian during Jenin camp raid 

MEE Staff

Middel East Eye  /  April, 27, 2022

Ahmad Massad, 18, died after he was shot in the head, says Palestinian Ministry of Health.

Israeli forces fatally shot a Palestinian man early on Wednesday during an army raid in the northern occupied West Bank city of Jenin.

Ahmad Massad, 18, from the village of Burqin, was pronounced dead after he was shot in the head, the Palestinian Ministry of Health said. Three other teenagers – one aged 19 and two aged 16 – were also wounded by Israeli troops. All three are in a stable condition. 

The Israeli army said soldiers were confronted by a group of Palestinians after they arrested two men from Jenin. Dozens of people threw rocks, explosive devices and opened live fire, the army added. 

The Palestinian Islamic Jihad movement, an active armed faction in Jenin, said in a statement that Massad was one of its members and that he had been killed “as he confronted the occupying forces”.

The Palestinian foreign ministry condemned the killing, calling it an “execution crime”.

During the early morning raid, the army also posted a demolition order on the family home of Ra’ad Hazem, who killed three Israelis and wounded others in a shooting in Tel Aviv earlier this month. 

Ten Palestinians were arrested in other raids across the West Bank on Wednesday morning.

Massad is the second man to be shot dead by Israeli forces in less than 24 hours, as the army ramps up operations across the West Bank, particularly in Jenin. Ahmed Ibrahim Oweidat, 20, died on Tuesday after being shot in the head by Israeli forces during a raid near Jericho.

More than 10 Palestinians from Jenin have been fatally shot in the past month by Israeli soldiers, and over 50 have been killed this year across the West Bank.