Five Palestinian children killed by Israeli soldiers

Israeli forces shoot five Palestinian children over weekend, one child as young as 14

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

Palestinians relatives mourn during the funeral of teenagers Nihad Waked and Fuad Waked after they were shot dead by Israeli security forces on February 14, 2016

Five Palestinians children were shot dead by Israeli soldiers over the weekend in a string of Palestinian shootings since October last year, across the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem.

A Palestinian girl, 17, Kelsar al Owewi, was shot dead on Saturday, near the Ibrahimi Mosque in the West Bank city of Hebron, under an allegation of an attempt to stab an Israeli soldier.

Two 15-year-old Palestinian children were also shot dead on Sunday for allegedly attacking Israeli soldiers in the Israeli occupied West Bank, Israel’s military said.

Shortly afterwards, a 17-year-old from a village near Bethlehem was shot dead as well, while under the same allegation that she tried to stab an Israeli soldier.

The Health Ministry of Palestine named the two 15-year-old children as Nihad Waked and Fuad Waked, the 17-year-old was identified as Naim Safi, also from a village near Bethlehem.

Later on Sunday, 14 year old Yasmin Rashad al Zarou was shot and wounded by Israeli forces near the Salaymah checkpoint in occupied Hebron, located northeast of Gaza. After the shooting, al Zarou was left to bleed on the ground, as she lingered in pain. 

Meanwhile Israeli forces violently pushed civilians, willing to help, away from the scene.

A witness had strewed a graphic video on social media of a disabled man in a wheelchair being kicked over by an Israeli soldier while another soldier threw a stun grenade at bystanders who were trying to reach al Zarou.

A local news agency reported that witnesses stated al Zarou was walking away from the checkpoint with her sister, when Israeli soldiers fired and shot six bullets at her.

Relatives mourn during the funeral of Naim Safi.

Since October last year, more than 70 percent of Palestinian shootings were controversially reasoned by allegations of knife attacks, Israeli forces claimed al Zarou's shooting, along with the other four, to be another alleged stabbing attempt.

Israeli media reported she was sent to the Shaare Zedek medical centre in Jerusalem.

Over the past few months, the focus of Palestinian-Israeli violence has largely shifted from the Gaza Strip to the Israeli-occupied West Bank, where over 173 Palestinians have been killed and some 26 Israelis died.

The United States, European Union and United Nations have expressed that restraint is necessary to ensure that violence does not escalate further.

Palestinian groups have accused Israel of using excessive force in attacks, which have raised fears of wider confrontation, only a few months after Israeli fighter jets bombed civilians in the northern Gaza Strip.

Pointing at the high number of Palestinian deaths, Sweden’s foreign ministry had called for an independent investigation last month, into whether Israel carried out extrajudicial killings, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu raged at the suggestion while Israel's deputy foreign minister responded by stating that Israel will "close its gates" to officials from Sweden.

TRTWorld and agencies