Israeli Special Forces Execute Three Palestinians, Including a Child, Near Jenin

17:17 Aug 6 2023 Arraba ( عرّابة)

Israeli Special Forces Execute Three Palestinians, Including a Child, Near Jenin Israeli Special Forces Execute Three Palestinians, Including a Child, Near Jenin Israeli Special Forces Execute Three Palestinians, Including a Child, Near Jenin
Baraa Ahmed Fayez al-Qarm, 16, Louay Abu Naasa and Nayef Abu Sweis, 26. Published by IMEMC News

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by IMEMC New
Aug 6, 2023

A special Israeli unit executed, on Sunday afternoon, three Palestinians, including a child, while they were in a vehicle near a roundabout in the town of Arraba, southwest of Jenin, in the northern occupied West Bank, the Ministry of Health confirmed.

Members of a special Israeli unit, known as the “Yamam” unit, the so-called “counter-terrorism” unit, fired dozens of live rounds at a Palestinian-plated vehicle which was stopped on the side of the road, assassinating all three occupants, who did not pose an immediate threat to the army.

Military reinforcements stormed the town after the attack, to provide backup for the Israeli special forces who carried out the operation.

The Authority for Civil Affairs informed the Ministry of Health of the death of the three men near Arraba town, southwest of Jenin.

The Occupation Army Radio claimed that one of the targeted individuals, identified as Nayef Abu Sweiss, 26, from the Jenin refugee camp, had allegedly carried out prior operations, adding that he, “received military information from the Gaza Strip to carry out operations.”

The army contends that the three slain men were previously implicated in prior operations, and were purportedly planning on carrying out another, without providing details.

The Ministry of Health confirmed that the army denied medical treatment to the young men by preventing ambulance crews from approaching the vehicle.

Sources added that upon the army’s withdrawal from the scene, they towed the heavily damaged vehicle and confiscated the bodies of the three murdered men, while they were still present inside of the vehicle.

The army attempted to justify the execution of the three men by claiming that, “a special force assassinated a Palestinian cell from the Jenin camp, led by Fayez Abu Sweis, 26, along with two others, and an M16 weapon was found in their possession.”

Later, sources revealed the identities of the three slain young men as, Louay Abu Naasa and Nayef Abu Sweis, 26, both from the Jenin refugee camp, and Baraa Ahmed Fayez al-Qarm, 15, from Jalqamus village, southeast of the city.

Palestinians in the Jenin governorate, along with the family of the slain men gathered, Sunday evening, in the refugee camp and marched to the center of Jenin city, to express their condemnation of the occupation’s murder of the three young men.

Further details revealed that Abu Sweis, was one of the leaders of the “Jenin Brigade” linked to the “Quds Brigades” which is the military wing of the “Islamic Jihad” resistance movement.

Abu Naasa was also a member of the resistance group, while it was not clear whether the 15-year-old al-Qarm was involved in the armed resistance.

PCHR: “In a New Crime of Extrajudicial Executions, 3 Palestinians, Including Child, Assassinated in Jenin”

Ref: 84/2023
Date: 07 August 2023
Time: 08:45 GMT

The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) condemns in the strongest terms the Israeli Occupation Forces’ (IOF) extrajudicial execution crime (assassination) that killed three Palestinians dead, including a child, after their vehicle was directly shot yesterday evening in Jenin, north of the West Bank.

According to information collected by PCHR’s fieldworker, at around 17:15 on Sunday, 06 August 2023, an Israeli Special Military Force sneaked via a Volkswagen Caddy car and a Hyundai Santa Fe SUV with Palestinian registration plates into a road connecting Bir al-Basha village with Arraba village near ‘Arraba Intersection in Jenin.

Suddenly, the two vehicles intercepted a grey Peugeot vehicle with a yellow Israeli registration plate and many Israeli soldiers stepped out of their vehicles and heavily opened fire at the targeted vehicle from behind, forcing it to stop completely.

Minutes later, IOF’s backups arrived at the scene and completely closed the road from both directions, blocking the traffic.

Afterwards, the Israeli soldiers fired teargas canisters in the area, and after 15 minutes, IOF started withdrawing from the area and towed the targeted vehicle that was hit by many bullets with the targeted persons still inside.

After IOF withdrew, many Palestinians gathered in the scene and saw brain tissues scattered on the ground.

Later, it turned out that three Palestinians were killed inside the vehicle and identified as: Nayef Jihad Nayef Abu Sweiss (27), Khaleel Nizar Nemer Abu Na’asah (21), both ftom Jenin refugee camp and members of Jenin Brigade, and Baraa Ahmad Al-Qerem (16), from Jalkamous village, south of Jenin.

IOF is still holding their bodies.

Later, IOF announced, in a joint statement by the Israeli forces, the Shin Bet, and the Israel Border Police, that a joint operation was carried out after spotting a “terrorist cell” in a car in Jenin refugee camp, claiming that they were on their way to carry out a shooting attack.

The statement added that the head of the cell, Nayef Abu Sweiss was killed as well as two persons accompanying him.

It is noteworthy that extrajudicial killings are carried out pursuant to IOF’s intelligence, and those wanted are killed instantly rather than being arrested.

By this, IOF act as both judge and executioner of a death sentence at the same time. Palestinian civilians often pay the price of such crimes, which are committed by IOF in disregard for non-target civilians’ lives.

According to PCHR’s documentation, at least 1000 Palestinians have been killed in IOF’s assassination crimes in the West Bank and Gaza Strip over the last two decades, 80% of them has been nontarget civilians and 15% were children.

PCHR indicates that that IOF has perpetuated this pattern of crimes in the recent years against the Palestinians in light of international community’s silence and inaction, particularly the High Contracting Parties to the Fourth Geneva Convention, to stop these crimes and take effective measures against the Israeli occupation, thereby encouraging the latter to commit further war crimes against the Palestinians.

PCHR reiterates its call on the international community to take an immediate action to stop the Israeli crimes and double standard when applying the international law and particularly urges the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) to take serious action in the situation of Palestine.
PCHR demands the High Contracting Parties to the Fourth Geneva Convention fulfil their obligations as per Common Article 1 of the Convention, “undertake to respect and to ensure respect for the present Convention in all circumstances,” and their obligations under Article 146 of the same Conventions, i.e., to hold accountable persons accused of committing grave breaches of the Convention.
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