Israeli Forces Shoot and Kill Two Palestinians, Including a Child, South of Jericho

03:00 Aug 15 2023 Aqabat Jaber refugee camp ( مخيّم عقبة جبر)

Israeli Forces Shoot and Kill Two Palestinians, Including a Child, South of Jericho Israeli Forces Shoot and Kill Two Palestinians, Including a Child, South of Jericho
Qusai Omar al-Walaji, 16, and Muhammad Ribhi Nujoom, 25. Published by IMEMC News

IDF in Aqabat Jabr refugee camp near Jericho, in February. Credit: Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) Spokesperson Published by Haaretz

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by IMEMC News
Aug 15, 2023

Israeli occupation forces shot and killed, before dawn on Tuesday, two Palestinians, including a child, during a military incursion into the Aqabat Jaber refugee camp, south of Jericho, in the northeastern part of the West Bank.

Media sources said that the occupation army stormed, in the pre-dawn hours Tuesday, the Aqabat Jaber refugee camp, just south of the ancient city of Jericho.

Israeli soldiers opened fire at local Palestinians under unclear circumstances, however it is presumed that the youths protested the invasion.

There is no mention of resistance from armed Palestinian fighters, however social media videos show an exchange of fire between resistance fighters and the invading army.

During the invasion, soldiers shot and seriously injured two Palestinian civilians, including a child, who were transported to the Jericho Governmental Hospital.

Medical sources said that Qusai Omar al-Walaji, 16, and Muhammad Ribhi Nujoom, 25, were admitted to hospital in critical condition, and both were pronounced dead shortly after arrival.

It was reported that the slain young men were shot with live rounds, however, no further details were provided regarding the nature of the wounds.

The Jericho chapter of the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) reported that soldiers abducted Mohammed Nasr Abu Al-Assal, 20, from his home in the camp.

Later Tuesday, hundreds of Palestinians gathered at the Jericho Governmental Hospital to receive the body of Muhammad Ribhi Nujoom, 25, and proceeded to his family home for loved ones to say their final goodbyes.

Mourners performed the funeral prayer, and laid the body of the slain young man to rest in the martyrs’ cemetery, in the Aqabat Jaber refugee camp.

The body of the slain child, Qusai Omar al-Walaji, 16, was held at his family home in the “Katt al-Wad” neighborhood in Jericho city, while loved ones paid their respects.

The funeral procession began from there to the Old Jericho mosque, where the funeral prayer was performed, before the body of the child was laid to rest.

Two Palestinians Killed in Exchange of Fire With Israeli Army in West Bank

The two Palestinians, ages 16 and 25, were killed by the Israeli army in an armed clash in the Aqbat Jabr refugee camp near Jericho during an arrest raid

by Jack Khoury & Josh Breiner for Haaretz
Aug 15, 2023

Israeli Defense Forces killed two Palestinians early Tuesday morning in a refugee camp near Jericho in the West Bank, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry.

According to the ministry, the IDF entered the Aqbat Jabr refugee camp to arrest a suspect when the two opened fire at the Israeli forces. The soldiers returned fire killing 16-year-old Qusai al-Walaji from Jericho and 25-year-old Mohammed Najum al-Omar.

In a conversation with Haaretz, eyewitnesses from Jericho denied Israel's claims that Qusai al Walaji fired at the forces, and said that he was not armed. According to them, al-Walaji was shot while he was riding a scooter, and there were other young people with him, some of whom were armed.

Hamas spokesman Abdel-Latif al-Kanou said in response that "This is "another crime that joins the list of crimes of the occupation." Adding that "This crime and bloodshed will not prevent the continuation of resistance to the occupation."

In February, at least five Palestinians were killed and another two seriously wounded in an exchange of fire with Israeli forces during an arrest raid in Aqbat Jabr refugee camp.

On Thursday, IDF killed a 27-year-old resident of a refugee camp near Nablus in the northern West Bank.
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