West Bank: Palestinian teenager shot dead by Israeli forces

Taher Mohamed Zakarneh died after being 'hospitalised with a bullet to the head, a bullet to the right foot, a bullet to the left thigh, and burns', a Palestinian Health Ministry statement said (WAFA)

MEE Staff

Middle East Eye  /  September 5, 2022

Another youth was reported injured and three others detained during raid in Qabatiya, south of Jenin.

A 19-year-old Palestinian was shot dead by the Israeli army during a raid early on Monday in Qabatiya, south of Jenin in the occupied West Bank, the Palestinian health ministry has said.

“Taher Mohamed Zakarneh was shot dead by the occupation (Israeli) bullets in Qabatiya,” a ministry statement said.

He died after being “hospitalized with a bullet to the head, a bullet to the right foot, a bullet to the left thigh, and burns”, the statement added.

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

Another youth was injured and three others detained in Qabatiya, according to the Palestinian news agency Wafa.

The Israeli army said it had “conducted counterterrorism activity in the city of Jenin and in the town of Qabatiya and apprehended five wanted individuals suspected of terrorist activity”.

A total of 17 individuals were arrested in overnight raids across the West Bank, the army said.

The army has been conducting near-daily raids in the West Bank since the start of the year in which scores of Palestinians have been killed. 

Also overnight, four Israeli soldiers were injured when an explosive device was thrown at their post near the Palestinian town of Nabi Saleh, the army said.

According to Haaretz, a car driver was also injured when a stone was thrown at his car near the illegal settlement of Ofra.

The Israeli newspaper said the driver was evacuated to Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem.


Israeli forces kill Palestinian teenager in occupied West Bank

AJ Satff

Al-Jazeera  /  September 5, 2022

Ramallah, occupied West Bank Israeli forces have shot and killed a Palestinian teenager during a raid on the northern occupied West Bank city of Jenin and its outskirts, according to the Palestinian health ministry.

Taher Mohammad Zakarneh, 19, was killed on Monday in the village of Qabatiya, south of Jenin, after being shot in the head and legs.

Zakarneh was alive when he was taken to hospital in the morning, before succumbing to his injuries several hours later.

The Israeli raid on Jenin began at dawn and led to confrontations with Palestinians.

An Israeli army statement said its forces were conducting “counterterrorism activity” in Jenin and Qabatiya, and that “violent riots were instigated”.

“The rioters hurled rocks, explosive devices and Molotov cocktails at the forces and shots were heard in the area,” the statement said. “The soldiers responded with live fire, hits were identified.”

A funeral procession was held for Zakarneh in Qabatiya shortly after the killing.

The Israeli army said 17 Palestinians were arrested by Israeli forces across the occupied West Bank overnight. Palestinian prisoner groups said that at least five had been arrested in Jenin.

The Israeli army raids Palestinian towns and villages on a near-daily basis, often resulting in confrontations and the killing or wounding of Palestinian residents.

According to the Palestinian health ministry, more than 140 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces in the occupied territories since the start of the year, including 49 during the recent three-day Israeli assault on the blockaded Gaza Strip.

Nineteen people have been killed in attacks carried out by Palestinians in Israel and the occupied West Bank in 2022.

On Sunday, six Israeli soldiers and a driver were injured after a bus they were travelling in was shot at by Palestinian fighters near Tubas, in the northern West Bank.