Israeli forces kill two Palestinian children in early days of new year


Defense for Children International – Palestine, 03.01.2023

Ramallah, January 3, 2023 – Israeli forces shot and killed two Palestinian boys in the occupied West Bank in the first days of 2023. 

Adam Issam Shaker Ayyad, 15, was shot and killed by Israeli forces around 4:30 a.m. on January 3 in Dheisheh refugee camp, just outside the city of Bethlehem in the southern occupied West Bank, according to documentation collected by Defense for Children International – Palestine. Israeli forces entered Dheisheh refugee camp earlier that morning to arrest a Palestinian man. Palestinians confronted Israeli forces, who fired live ammunition, rubber-coated metal bullets, sound bombs, and tear gas canisters at the crowds. Adam sustained at least one gunshot wound to the back of his shoulder. He was transferred to Al-Hussein Hospital in nearby Beit Jala in a private car, where doctors pronounced him dead. 

Fuad Mahmoud Ahmad Abed, 17, was shot by an Israeli sniper around 11:30 p.m. on January 1 in the village of Kafr Dan, west of Jenin in the northern occupied West Bank, according to documentation collected by DCIP. An Israeli sniper stationed on the second floor of a Palestinian home about 50 meters (164 feet) away shot Fuad  in his abdomen, pelvis, and legs. A Palestinian ambulance transferred Fuad to Ibn Sina hospital in Jenin, where doctors pronounced him dead around 1 a.m. on January 2…

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