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Updated 2: Israeli Soldiers Kill A Palestinian Teenage Girl In Betunia

04:00 Nov 14 2022 Beitunia ( بيتونيا)

Updated 2: Israeli Soldiers Kill A Palestinian Teenage Girl In Betunia Updated 2: Israeli Soldiers Kill A Palestinian Teenage Girl In Betunia
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by IMEMC News
Nov 14, 2022

On Monday evening, the Palestinian Health Ministry confirmed that Israeli soldiers killed, at dawn, a teenage girl in Betunia town after shooting her with a live round in the head and added that the name published before was provided by the Israeli army and is incorrect.

In a brief statement, the Health Ministry said the slain girl has been officially identified as Folla Rasmi Abdul-Aziz Masalma, 16.

It said that the slain teen would have turned 16 tomorrow, Tuesday and that she was killed after the soldiers shot her in the head.

Her family is originally from Beit Awwa town, west of the southern West Bank city of Hebron, but lives in Al-Biereh city near Ramallah.

The Health Ministry said the soldiers took the body of the slain girl and initially provided the Palestinian Civil Affairs Committee with a name of another woman who apparently had nothing to do with the incident.

An eyewitnesses said, after shooting the girl, the soldiers took her out of the car while heavily bleeding, placed her on the ground and tore her clothes, before moving her to one of their jeeps.

He added that the soldiers fired at the car three times in a short time and said that the driver was shot and went out of the car heavily bleeding and raising his hands in the air.

“He was bleeding apparently from his hand, before he stepped out of his car with his hand up in the air. The soldiers and took him to one of their jeeps,” he said, “The girl was then taken out of the car and placed on the ground. She has bleeding when the soldiers carried her but dropped her on the ground, then carried her again, and took her to one of the jeeps that was at a distance.”

“But the jeep they took her to already had the wounded young man who was detained by them, so they placed her on the ground, and then took her to another jeep that had no space, before moving her to another jeep where they placed her on its floor and drove away…. she was bleeding… I don’t think there was any more blood in her body by then…”

“They bought Shawarma and were driving away to eat it, this is how coldblooded their murder is!”, he concluded, “their blood was everywhere, including their shawarma…”

It is worth mentioning that, later on, Palestinian medics took Fulla’s body to the Ramallah governmental hospital before transferring her to Doura governmental hospital near Hebron, in preparation for funeral ceremony.

Updated: Israeli Soldiers Kill A Young Palestinian Woman Near Ramallah
Nov 14, 2022 at 14:08

On Monday dawn, Israeli soldiers killed a young Palestinian woman in Betunia town, west of Ramallah, in the central part of the occupied West Bank.

Update: An eyewitness, Bakr Armoush, 30, told WAFA Palestinian News Agency that the attack occurred approximately at four at dawn when a military force was deployed in the area after invading it 30 minutes earlier to abduct two young men in the Schools’ Area.

He added that the car transporting the slain woman was driving slowly, and when the driver saw the soldiers approximately 200 meters away, he tried to back away before more Israeli soldiers, who were hiding in the dark, started firing at the car, which came to a complete stop.

“The soldiers then approached the car, took the woman who was bleeding from her head out of her head, placed her on a stretcher before dropping her, and lifted her again before placing her in a jeep and driving away,” Armoush said, “The Palestinians then went to the scene of the attack, and found blood all over the place in addition to meals she had in the car.”

The Palestinian Health Ministry said the slain young woman as Sana’ At-Till, 19, from the Ath-Thaheriyya town, south of Hebron, in the southern part of the West Bank.

It added that the soldiers shot the young woman with a live round in the head when several army vehicles invaded Betunia.

Media sources said the soldiers shot Anas Hassouna, 26, before abducting him, and also abducted two Palestinians from their homes, Akram Silmi and Tareq Al-Emwasi.

According to the army, the soldiers were operating in the town and “signaled the driver to stop, but he accelerated before they opened fire,” wounding Anas, the driver, and killing the young woman in the same car, and added that it is reviewing the incident.

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The army said it invaded Anata to arrest three “wanted” Palestinians from the town and one from nearby Betunia.

A surveillance video from the scene debunks the Israeli allegations and shows soldiers barricaded behind parked cars, opening fire at the car after the driver stepped on the brakes when he saw the army, and the car came to a complete halt.

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The soldiers later handed the corpse of the slain young woman Palestinian medics in front of the Ofer military base before they moved her to the Ramallah governmental hospital.

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The head of the Palestinian National Council, Rawhi Fattouh, denounced the Israeli crime in Betunia and said the soldiers, encouraged by incitement and racism from the Israeli political leadership, are ongoing with their crimes against the Palestinian people, knowing well there will be no accountability.

Late Sunday night, Israeli Ynet News said the soldiers shot a seriously wounded a man after they suspected that he intended to attack them and added that another man was slightly injured, but later the police said it didn’t suspect they intended to carry an attack out. No further information was released.

Israeli Channel 7 News said the man (nationality not released) was mentally ill and was shot after attacking a traveler waiting for a bus in Ra’anana, in the Central District.

First Published on: Nov 14, 2022, at 10:35
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15 Year-old Palestinian Girl Killed by IDF Gunfire Near Ramallah

IDF spokesperson says soldiers spotted a suspicious vehicle accelerating towards them during an operation by security forces. Palestinian witnesses say the car was moving slowly, and tried turning back before soldiers opened fire

by Jack Khoury and Hagar Shezaf for Haaretz
Nov 14, 2022 7:07 am IST

A 15-year-old Palestinian was killed early Monday morning by Israeli military fire directed at a vehicle in the West Bank town of Beitunia, near Ramallah, the Palestinian Health Ministry reported. Another passenger in the car was moderately wounded.

An IDF spokesperson said soldiers spotted a suspicious vehicle approaching them during an operation Monday in Beitunia.

The forces signaled for the vehicle to stop, but it accelerated towards them, after which they fired at the vehicle, according to the IDF.

The Palestinian Health Ministry first misidentified the girl, but later named her as 15-year-old Fulla al-Masalmeh from the town of Beit Awwa in the southern West Bank. She was killed one day before her 16th birthday. The passenger, who was traveling with al-Masalmeh was arrested by the army and taken to Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem. The IDF said the incident is being investigated.

Beitunia residents familiar with the incident said that al-Masalmeh and the young man who was injured – a resident of the town – were driving together when apparently were startled by the soldiers’ presence, and attempted to turn the car around.

According to the residents, soldiers stationed in another position opened fire on the two, killing al-Masalmeh and wounding the young man. Witnesses also claim that there was no indication that the two tried to harm the soldiers in the area.

The army's preliminary investigation initially claimed that the driver was drunk, and the soldiers testified that he accelerated towards them. The troops said that they felt their lives were in danger, and therefore fired.

However, an updated assessment emerging from the investigation is that the driver had no intention of carrying out an attack.

The investigation also found that while the shooting initially came from the troops who faced the vehicle and felt threatened, another force on the side of the vehicle joined in the gunfire.

Last week, a 29-year-old Palestinian man from the West Bank town of Sanur near Jenin was also shot and killed by Israeli forces. Rafat Ali Abdullah Issa was shot dead by soldiers near the village of ’Anin in the Jenin area.

According to the IDF spokesperson, a soldier that was guarding the separation fence saw Issa vandalizing the fence, and initiated an arrest procedure and subsequently shot him. Issa was taken to a hospital in Jenin in critical condition, where he died of his wounds. According to Palestinian sources, Issa tried to cross the fence to head to work in Israel.
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