Israeli forces raided the Palestinian city of Jenin and immediately opened fire after young Palestinians began to protest the incursion.
Mourners gather around the body of Palestinian Mohammed Abu Khalifa during his funeral in the Jenin refugee camp in the West Bank, Jan. 29, 2017. | Photo: Reuters
Ma’an news agency reported that Mohammed Abu-Khalifa had just celebrated his 19th birthday hours before he was killed by live ammunition used by undercover Israeli troops who came into the camp in the early hours of Sunday before Israeli armored vehicles stormed the camp and clashed with Palestinian residents.
Palestinian medics said Abu Khalifa was shot with a live bullet in the lower back that went through his body and came out his abdomen. State-run Palestinian news agency Wafa said the young Palestinian man was left on the ground for hours before paramedics were able to evacuate his body.
While the clashes lasted for hours, no Israeli soldiers were injured and an Israeli army spokeswoman said the soldiers opened fire after being “faced with immediate danger” from a few Palestinian civilians who threw stones and Molotov cocktails.
Since the beginning of 2017, Israeli troops have killed eight Palestinians, including Abu Khalifa, according to a tally by Ma’an.More than 250 Palestinians have been killed since the beginning of the unrest in October 2015, which the United Nations and Palestinian leaders blame on the frustration with failed peace efforts, continued occupation and expansion of illegal settlements.
Meanwhile, the Israeli government, the most right-wing one in the country’s history, maintains that the Palestinian leadership and the media are inciting the violence.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his far-right ministers are expected to continue the policy of extrajudicial killings and illegal settlement building, emboldened by the presidency of Donald Trump in the United States.