Palestine: Palestinian child falls to death in Israeli army chase

By Qais Abu Samra

RAMALLAH, Palestine (AA)  A 7-year-old Palestinian child died Thursday while being chased by Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank, according to the Ministry of Health.

A ministry statement said Rayyan Suleiman, from the town of Tuqu near Bethlehem city, had fallen from a height while running away from Israeli soldiers.

Medics had failed to save his life and he was pronounced dead shortly after being admitted to Beit Jala Hospital, the statement said.

According to,  further investigations and testimonies, including one of his teachers, revealed that the soldiers literally scared the child to death when many soldiers stormed and ransacked his family’s home to abduct his brother.

The Israeli army claimed the soldiers wanted “question the parents about a stone-throwing incident. However, it is not unusual for the Israeli occupation army to abduct and interrogate small children.

After the child’s death, many soldiers invaded his family’s home and ransacked it before interrogating his parents and other Palestinians.

The Israeli army, for its part, denied any link to the child’s death.

Israeli soldiers have killed 35 Palestinian children, 19 in the West Bank and 16 in the Gaza Strip, since the beginning of this year, the Health Ministry stated.

A military statement said Israeli forces ran into Tuqu town to search for stone-throwers, saying that no clashes took place during the searches and no weapons or riot dispersal methods were used.

On Wednesday, four Palestinians were killed and dozens injured by Israeli army fire during clashes in the West Bank city of Jenin.

*Writing by Ahmed Asmar

[Photo: Mother and other relatives mourn as they attend the funeral of 7-year-old Palestinian child Rayyan Suleiman who died while being chased by Israeli forces at Tuqu near Bethlehem, West Bank on September 30, 2022. Photojournalist :Wisam Hashlamoun/AA]

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