Palestine: Palestinian teen shot dead by Israeli army in Jericho

Palestine: (AA, Imemc):  A Palestinian teenager was shot dead by the Israeli army in Aqaba Jaber refugee camp in the occupied West Bank, the Palestinian Health Ministry said Monday.

Israeli forces stormed the Aqabat Jaber refugee camp south of Jericho in the northeastern part of the occupied West Bank

A ministry statement said Jibril al-Leda, 17, was shot in the head and killed.

The ministry said six other Palestinians were injured, three seriously, by Israeli fire.

After shooting Jibril, the soldiers left him bleeding on the ground without first aid until Palestinian medics were later allowed to approach him.

Eid Barahma, the head of the Jericho office of the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS), said the soldiers also invaded and ransacked many homes in the refugee camp before abducting Ahmad Jabr Wahdan and the secretary of the Fateh movement in the refugee camp, and Jihad Abu Al-Asal.

Thousands of Palestinians participated in the funeral ceremony and procession, starting in front of the Jericho governmental hospital before heading to the teen’s family home in the refugee camp, where prayers were held in the local mosque before he was buried at the local cemetery.

A general strike was declared in Jericho to mourn the teen’s death and to condemn the seriously escalating Israeli crime and violations.

Meanwhile, the army continued the strict siege on Jericho for the tenth consecutive day, searching dozens of Palestinian vehicles and interrogating the citizens, forcing them to wait many hours at the various military roadblocks around the city.

Earlier Monday, Israeli soldiers invaded Bethlehem city and nearby Beit Jala, in the occupied West Bank, seriously shot a young Palestinian man and abducted a man from his home.

Furthermore, the soldier abducted at least twenty Palestinians across the occupied West Bank, including fathers and their sons.

Tensions have been running high across the occupied West Bank in recent months amid repeated Israeli raids into Palestinian towns.

More than 100 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire since the start of this year, according to Palestinian figures. Sixteen Israelis have also been killed in separate attacks during the same period.

[Photo: Relatives of 17-year-old Jibril Al-Leda, killed by Israeli army in Aqabet Jaber refugee camp near Jericho, West Bank, mourn at his funeral on May 01, 2023. Photojournalist :Issam Rimawi/AA]

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