Israeli forces shoot, kill 15-year-old Palestinian boy near Jerusalem


Defense for Children International – Palestine, 07.03.2022

Ramallah, March 7, 2022—Israeli forces shot and killed a 15-year-old Palestinian boy with live ammunition in the central occupied West Bank yesterday evening.

An Israeli soldier shot and killed 15-year-old Yamen Nafez Mahmoud Khanafseh around 8:30 p.m. on March 6 near an Israeli military base in Abu Dis, east of Jerusalem in the occupied West Bank, according to documentation collected by Defense for Children International – Palestine. Israeli forces prevented Palestinian paramedics from treating Yamen, firing tear gas canisters at the ambulance as it approached the scene, 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.”

An eyewitness heard three gunshots around 8:30 p.m. on Sunday night prompting them to call for an ambulance. There were no confrontations between Israeli forces and Palestinian residents at the time that Yamen was shot, according to information gathered by DCIP…

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