Israeli special forces shoot, kill 15-year-old Palestinian boy in Jenin


By Defense for Children International – Palestine, 20.09.2023

Ramallah, September 20, 2023 – Israeli special forces shot and killed a Palestinian boy during an incursion into Jenin yesterday.

Rafat Omar Ahmad Khamayseh, 15, was shot by Israeli special forces while leaving his grandfather’s house in Jenin refugee camp around 7:30 p.m. on September 19, according to documentation collected by Defense for Children International – Palestine. As he left the house, Rafat saw Israeli special forces exiting three Palestinian licensed cars and surround the home of the father of a Palestinian man wanted for arrest. Rafat fled, yelling, “Special forces! Special forces!” One Israeli soldier chased Rafat and shot him in the abdomen from a distance of 10 meters (33 feet). Rafat fell and a Palestinian resident of Jenin refugee camp approached him to offer aid. Israeli special forces fired another shot toward Rafat, and the Palestinian man threw himself on top of Rafat and rolled him toward his house, less than five meters (16 feet) away. The man and his family sheltered Rafat for about an hour and a half as the Israeli military prevented ambulances from accessing Jenin refugee camp. Rafat died before an ambulance transferred him to Ibn Sina Hospital in Jenin… 

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