Palestinian teenager dies after succumbing to wounds from Israeli raid on Jenin

MEE Staff

Middle East Eye  /  April 18, 2022

Hanan Mahmoud Khaddour, 19, was on her way home from a school lesson when she was shot by Israeli forces.

A 19-year-old Palestinian teenage girl died on Monday after succumbing to gunshot wounds she received during an Israeli raid in Jenin earlier this month.

Hanan Mahmoud Khaddour was on her way home when she was shot in the abdomen by Israeli forces, the Wafa news agency reported.

She was transferred to the Ibn Sina Hospital in Jenin, where she was pronounced dead on Monday, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health.

The large-scale raid on Jenin, which took place on 9 April, left 23-year-old Ahmad al-Sa’adi dead and 12 others injured. Al-Quds Brigades (Saraya al-Quds), the military wing of the Islamic Jihad movement, said he was a commander in its Jenin unit.

The northern West Bank city, particularly its central refugee camp, is known as a stronghold for a reemerging Palestinian armed resistance movement. 

Since late last year, Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA) have made several attempts to contain the growing number of armed fighters in the city. 

The crackdowns in Jenin have been building up for several months, but the deadly shootings in Israel carried out by camp residents Diya Hamarshah and Ra’ad Hazem, which left eight Israelis dead, seem to have pushed Israeli aggressions over the edge.

Since then, Israel has imposed economic sanctions on Jenin, closed off checkpoints, revoked permits to Al-Aqsa Mosque visitors. Israeli forces have also increased deadly raids and manhunts, and carried out targeted killings as they attempt to arrest Hazem’s family.

Fourteen Israelis have been killed in the past three weeks in shooting and stabbing attacks carried out by Palestinians from the occupied West Bank and inside Israel. 

At least six Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire in the same period in the West Bank, including one shot by a Jewish settler.