Israeli forces shoot, kill 13-year-old Palestinian boy near Bethlehem


Defense for Children International – Palestine, February 23, 2022

Israeli forces shot and killed a 13-year-old Palestinian boy with live ammunition in the central occupied West Bank yesterday.

An Israeli soldier fatally shot Mohammad Rezq Shehadeh Salah in the torso in the early evening on February 22 near the Israeli separation barrier in Al-Khader, southwest of Bethlehem in the central occupied West Bank, according to documentation collected by Defense for Children International – Palestine. Mohammad was approximately 100 meters (330 feet) from the separation barrier when he was shot. Israeli forces frequently enter the village through doors in the separation barrier located nearby. Earwitnesses reported hearing at least three gunshots, according to information gathered by DCIP.

“Israeli forces routinely unlawfully kill Palestinian children with impunity, using excessive force and unjustified intentional lethal force,” said Ayed Abu Eqtaish, accountability program director at DCIP. “If a child is suspected of committing a criminal act, they should be apprehended in accordance with international standards and afforded due process of law…“

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