Palestinian teenager killed by Israeli forces, 4th in the West Bank in 24 hours, as protests spread against Israeli escalation
A Palestinian teenager was killed by Israeli forces on Tuesday afternoon, during protests in the West Bank city of Hebron, hours after Israel killed three Palestinians in Nablus.
According to the Palestinian health ministry, the victim was 17-year-old Momen Jaber, a 10th grade student from Hebron’s old city. He was pronounced dead at the Ahli hospital in Hebron, where he arrived after receiving a live bullet in the chest.
“Protests started in Hebron’s old city following as news broke of three Palestinian militants killed in Nablus on Tuesday morning”, a resident of Hebron's old city who asked not to be name told The New Arab.
.@DCIPalestine confirmed Israeli forces shot and killed 16-year-old Momen Yasin Mohammad Joude Jaber around 5 p.m. today in the Bab Al-Zawyeh area of Hebron. He was shot in the chest with live ammunition.— Brad Parker (@baparkr) August 9, 2022
Momen is the second Palestinian boy killed today by Israeli forces. pic.twitter.com/W4hezqgrXG
“Protests soon turned into confrontations between protesters and Israeli forces at the Israeli military checkpoint blocking Shuhada Street, then spread to other parts of the old city”, they detailed.
“Momen Jaber was shot in the chest, and another young man in the thigh in Bab Al-Zawiyah neighborhood, where confrontations usually take place between Palestinians and Israeli forces”, he added.
“As soon as the news spread that Momen was wounded, several family members rushed to the hospital”, Aref Jaber, the victim’s uncle and a human rights activist told The New Arab.
“Momen’s parents were devastated when they learned that he died, to the point that they can’t speak to anyone”, added Jaber, who spoke to the press on behalf of the victim’s family.
A 17-year-old Palestinian was killed by an Israeli bullet in the heart in Hebron, another got critically wounded in the confrontations taking place near Bab alZawiyeh. pic.twitter.com/8VhkPSUBoY— Rania Zabaneh (@RZabaneh) August 9, 2022
Confrontations between Palestinian protesters and Israeli forces in Hebron’s old city intensified after news spread of the teenager’s death.
Early on Tuesday, Israeli forces raided Nablus’ old city, in the northern West Bank, and killed three Palestinian militants after intense gunfight, including a prominent leader of Fatah’s ‘Al-Aqsa Brigades’ armed wing.
HEARTBREAKING|— PALESTINE ONLINE 🇵🇸 (@OnlinePalEng) August 9, 2022
The mother of Palestinian youth Ibrahim al-Nabulsi, who was murdered by Israeli gunfire this morning, carries his body during his funeral in Nablus. pic.twitter.com/DQQ89BdE8A
The killing came only two days after a truce was reached between Israel and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad Movement, following four days of military escalation on Gaza, in which 46 Palestinians were killed by Israeli air strikes, mostly civilians.
General strike was declared in several West Bank cities in sign of mourning for the militants killed in Nablus, as confrontations erupted between Palestinian protesters and Israeli forces. In Ramallah, nine Palestinian protesters were wounded by Israeli forces, on Tuesday’s afternoon at the city’s northern entrance.
Watch | Thousands of Palestinians take part in the funeral procession of three Palestinian resistance fighters who were assassinated by Israeli occupation forces during an Israeli raid of the Old city of Nablus, in the occupied West Bank.#ابراهيم_النابلسي#FreePalestine pic.twitter.com/8Lxv1JJe71— Al-Jarmaq News (@Aljarmaqnetnews) August 9, 2022
The Israeli unilateral escalation in the West Bank raises fears of a new round of violence, as the toll of Palestinians killed by Israeli forces on Tuesday alone reached four, 130 since the beginning of the year.
Earlier on Tuesday, the UN Security Council held a special meeting to discuss the situation in the Gaza Strip. At the meeting, the UN envoy to the Middle East called the truce between Israel and the PIJ "fragile", while warning that "any resumption of hostilities will only have devastating consequences for Palestinians and Israelis".