Israeli forces shoot dead 16-year-old Palestinian boy in the back


Defense for Children Palestine, 03.06.2022

Ramallah, June 2, 2022 – Israeli forces shot and killed a 16-year-old Palestinian boy in the central occupied West Bank today.

Odeh Mohammad Odeh Sadaqa was shot with live ammunition in the back by Israeli forces around 4 p.m. on June 2 in the occupied West Bank village of Al-Midya, west of Ramallah in the central occupied West Bank, according to documentation collected by Defense for Children International – Palestine. Odeh was walking with two friends about 100 meters (330 feet) from his home when Israeli forces deployed in the area opened fire on them. As they attempted to flee, Odeh was struck in the back with a single bullet that struck his heart and exited through his chest, according to information collected by DCIP. He was transferred to Ramallah Hospital in a private car where he was pronounced dead soon after arrival.

“Israeli forces’ impunity is on full display as Palestinian children continue to be targets and the international community has nothing to offer other than empty words,” said Ayed Abu Eqtaish, accountability program director at DCIP. “Palestinian children will continue to be targeted. They will continue to be unlawfully killed with impunity without actual justice and accountability.”

Odeh was walking to an area known as Waar Al-Bata, located about 100 meters away from his home where he and friends would sit. Palestinians in the area heard the gunshots and went to the area to help Odeh, but Israeli forces fired on them, according to information collected by DCIP…

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