Palestinian teen shot by Israeli soldiers in Jenin dies

Kamel Abdallah Alawneh (19) from Jaba' Jenin (Twitter)

Al-Jazeera  /  July 3, 2022

Israeli forces have been carrying out near-daily raids in and around Jenin over the past few months.

A Palestinian teenager died on Sunday after being shot by Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank a day earlier, Palestinian medical sources said.

The 17-year-old was identified as Kamel Alawneh by the Palestinian health ministry, which said he “succumbed to wounds from live fire by the occupation [Israeli army] in the abdomen and hand in Jenin”.

A Palestinian medical source told AFP news agency that Alawneh was wounded in Jaba, a village in the Jenin governorate in the north of the occupied West Bank.

Alawneh was brought to the hospital on Saturday after being shot in the stomach and arm during clashes with Israeli forces in Jaba. Doctors at Ibn Sina Medical Centre in Jenin said they operated on him, and declared him dead on Sunday afternoon.

An Israeli army spokesperson accused Alawneh of throwing a Molotov cocktail at the soldiers, who fired at him, Haaretz reported. He did not provide evidence to support his claim. No Israelis were injured in the alleged incident.

Palestinian politician Hanan Ashrawi said Alwaneh was named after his brother who was killed in 2003 – also by the Israeli army.

Forty-nine Palestinians have been killed since late March across Israel and the Palestinian territories.

They include Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, who according to the United Nations was killed by Israeli army fire while covering a military raid in Jenin.

At least 19 people have been killed in Israel in attacks by Palestinian individuals since March.

Over the past few months, Israeli forces have especially intensified their raids on Jenin, particularly in the city’s refugee camp.

On Wednesday, another Palestinian man was killed by Israeli fire in Jenin. Muhammad Maher Marei, a 23-year-old from Jenin refugee camp, was seriously wounded by Israeli gunfire and was later pronounced dead at the hospital.

SOURCE: AL-JAZEERA AND NEWS AGENCIES

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Palestinian dies from shot by Israeli troops in West Bank

Emily Rose 

AP  /  July 3, 2022

JERUSALEM — A Palestinian man who was shot by Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank died of his wounds on Sunday, Palestinian officials said.

The Israeli military said soldiers came under attack “during routine security activity near the town of Jaba” in the northern West Bank on Saturday. It said Israeli forces fired at a man suspected of throwing a firebomb, and that the incident was under review.

The Palestinian Foreign Ministry identified the man as 19-year-old Kamel Abdallah Alwaneh from near the city of Jenin and condemned his killing.

Alwaneh’s death was the latest in a surge of deadly violence in the West Bank in recent months.

The Israeli military has conducted daily raids in Palestinian towns and villages in the wake of a series of deadly attacks by Palestinians that killed 19 Israelis, with several of the attackers coming from the Jenin area. Dozens of Palestinians have been killed in the Israeli military raids.

Most of the dead were alleged to have opened fire on Israeli forces or hurled stones or firebombs at them. The dead also include at least two apparent passers-by.

Nearly 500,000 Jewish settlers live in more than 130 Jewish settlements scattered across the West Bank, alongside nearly 3 million Palestinians who live under Israeli military rule.

Israel captured the West Bank in the 1967 Mideast war and the Palestinians seek it as the heartland of a future state. Israel views the West Bank as the biblical and historical heartland of the Jewish people.

The Palestinians and much of the international community consider Israel’s West Bank settlements a violation of international law and an obstacle to a peaceful resolution of the decades-long conflict.

 

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