Israeli forces kill a 12-year-old boy in the occupied Palestinian territory

This was the third such killing by the Israeli forces in less than a week in the occupied West Bank. Israeli forces have killed at least 75 Palestinian children this year already

July 29, 2021 by Peoples Dispatch
Photo : Sarah Wilkinson (@swilkinsonbc) via Twitter

Israeli occupation forces shot dead a 12-year-old boy Mohammed al-Alami on Wednesday, July 28, while he was traveling in a car with his father and sister. The boy was taken to the hospital after he was shot in the chest in Beit Omar, northwest of Hebron, in the occupied West Bank where he died later.

Al-Alami’s car was attacked when his father took a U-turn in order to get to a shop nearby according to Nasri Sabarneh, the mayor of the Beit Omar town. The Israeli army said it is investigating the incident. 

This is the second such killing by Israelis in the last couple of days in the occupied West Bank. On Saturday, July 24, a 17-year-old Mohammed Munir al-Tamimi was shot by Israeli forces in Beita in Nablus district of the West Bank. Al-Tamimi died in a hospital later. He was shot while taking part in a demonstration against an illegal Israeli settlement near the town. At least 320 other Palestinians were wounded in the shooting, according to the Red Crescent. 

On Tuesday, July 27, a 41-year-old Palestinian man Shadi Omar Lotfi Salim, a plumber by profession, was shot dead near Beita while he was walking home from work.

The deputy mayor of Beita was quoted saying by media organizations that Salim was killed in cold blood by the Israeli forces as there were no protests near the area where he was killed. The revelation counters the claims made by the Israeli army which said that Salim was approaching them with an iron bar in his hands when he was shot. 

Hundreds of Palestinians have been carrying out a weekly protest in opposition to the building of an illegal settlement called Eviatar by Israelis on a hilltop called Jabal Sabih in the region. Most Palestinians have their farmland and homes in the land Israeli’s wish to construct on. The illegal settlements are seen by Palestinians as an attempt to steal their land and force them to live in a ghetto surrounded by the Israeli military. 

Following the protests, the Israeli government signed a deal which prompted the settlers to stop the construction. However, there is still no certainty as most of the illegal structures in the area remain intact.