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U.S. Supports ‘Immediate and Thorough’ Probe Into 7-year-old Palestinian’s Death

12:00 Sep 29 2022 Teqoa (تقوع, Taqqou', Tuqu', Teqoua’)

U.S. Supports ‘Immediate and Thorough’ Probe Into 7-year-old Palestinian’s Death U.S. Supports ‘Immediate and Thorough’ Probe Into 7-year-old Palestinian’s Death
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Rian Suleiman, age 7. Published by Haaretz and IMEMC News

Rian Sulieman. Published by IMEMC News

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The boy's uncle says that he died of a heart attack when Israeli soldiers came to his West Bank home over alleged stone-throwing by his brother

by Jack Khoury, Hagar Shezaf,Yaniv Kubovich and Ben Samuels for Haaretz
Sept 29, 2022 1:58 pm

The U.S. State Department Deputy Spokesperson said Thursday it demanded "an immediate and thorough investigation" into the killing of a seven-year-old Palestinian who died during an Israeli army activity in a West Bank town, according to Palestinians.

“We are heartbroken by the death of an innocent child," Deputy Spokesperson Vedant Patel said.

The boy, Rian Suleiman, was frightened and "suffered a heart attack" when soldiers came to arrest his brothers in his family's home in the Palestinian town of Teqoa, near Bethlehem, according to the deceased boy's uncle.

A defense official told Haaretz that the soldiers arrived at the home to question the boy's parents about a stone-throwing incident that happened earlier. The Palestinian Health Ministry had initially published a contradictory claim, saying the boy fell to his death whilst being chased by the Israeli army.

The Palestinians added that Rian was taken to hospital in a critical condition and pronounced dead soon after. The Israeli army is investigating the case. In a statement released later on Thursday, the army said "the claims about the minor's death are known. An initial investigation found no connection between his death and the activity of soldiers in the area."

Mohammed Suleiman, the boy's uncle, said Rian was at home with his parents and two brothers when soldiers loudly knocked on the door. He added that the army wanted to arrest the two brothers, ages 8 and 10, for allegedly throwing rocks at soldiers. "Rian's father opened the door and the soldiers entered. Then, there was a commotion and a lot of screaming. Out of fear, [Rian] collapsed and had a heart attack," Suleiman said, adding that the child did not have any prior medical conditions. "He was a completely healthy boy filled with happiness, and within minutes we lost him," he said.

An Israeli army source said that soldiers were chasing a group of kids who were throwing stones, when they lost eye contact with them. "Near one of the houses, the soldiers saw a father standing with his children and identified them as the kids who threw rocks, though it's unclear if they were the same kids. The army officer spoke to the father without the kids being present, and after he left the house the man began to yell, causing the officer to realize that the child is in danger. According to the officer, he did not know that the child was injured."

On Wednesday, four Palestinians were killed, including two militants wanted by the IDF, during clashes in the West Bank city of Jenin. According to Palestinians, 44 people were wounded during the exchange of gunfire.

The army said that soldiers were sent to the Jenin refugee camp in order to arrest Abed Fathi Hazem, the brother of Palestinian terrorist Raad Hazem who killed three people in Tel Aviv in April before being shot by security forces in Jaffa.

Several hours later, Fatah called for a "day of rage" across the West Bank. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas's spokesperson, Nabil Abu Rudeineh, said after the deadly raid that "the Israeli occupation still undervalues the lives of our Palestinian people, and is tampering with security and stability by continuing its policy of escalation."
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Updated: Palestinian Child Dies From Heart Attack After Israeli Soldiers Chased Him In Bethlehem

Updated: The Palestinian Health Ministry has confirmed that a child, only seven years of age, has died from a heart attack after Israeli soldiers chased the terrified child to his home, accusing him and his brother of throwing stones at them.

Initial reports indicated that the soldiers chased Rayyan Yasser Suleiman, 7, and many other schoolchildren when the army invaded Tuqu town, southeast of Bethlehem, in the occupied West Bank, before he fell from an altitude and died.

However, 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.

The Health Ministry said Palestinian medics rushed Rayyan to the Emergency Department of Beit Jala governmental hospital, but he had no heartbeats, and all efforts to save his life failed.

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

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.

Also Thursday, the soldiers invaded a Palestinian school in the southern area of Hebron city, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank, before attacking and injuring many schoolchildren and teachers.

On Wednesday, the Palestinian Health Ministry confirmed that Israeli soldiers killed four Palestinians and injured forty-four, some seriously, in a massive invasion of Jenin, in the northern part of the occupied West Bank.

The Palestinian Health Ministry has confirmed that a child, only seven years of age, has died from a heart attack after Israeli soldiers chased the terrified child to his home, accusing him of throwing stones at them.

Initial reports indicated that the soldiers chased Rayyan Yasser Suleiman, 7, and many schoolchildren when they invaded Tuqu town, southeast of Bethlehem, in the occupied West Bank, before he fell from an altitude and died.

However, 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.

His teacher said Rayyan had breakfast with the other children and had a normal school day until the school day was done and the children started heading back to their homes, especially since most of them walk to school back and forth every day as many villages and towns, including Tuqu, are relatively small.

Israeli soldiers are constantly deployed near schools in the town and several other areas in the occupied West Bank, in the mornings and the afternoons, an issue that frequently leads to protests,

The Israeli army claimed they wanted to arrest his brother, but it is not unusual for the Israeli occupation army to abduct and interrogate small children.

The Health Ministry said Palestinian medics rushed Rayyan to the Emergency Department of Beit Jala governmental hospital, but he had no heartbeats, and all efforts to save his life failed.

Initial reports were conflicted when the soldiers chased the child, causing him to fall from an altitude or if he had a heart attack. However, what is clear is that the soldiers literally scared the child to death when their invasion caused him, despite his very young age, to have a fatal heart attack.

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

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.

Also Thursday, the soldiers invaded a Palestinian school in the southern area of Hebron city, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank, before attacking and injuring many schoolchildren and teachers.

On Wednesday, the Palestinian Health Ministry confirmed that Israeli soldiers killed four Palestinians and injured forty-four, some seriously, in a massive invasion of Jenin, in the northern part of the occupied West Bank.

This article was updated after obtaining further details. It was first Published on: Sep 29, 2022, at 15:49
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