A 53-year-old Palestinian civilian was murdered by Israeli forces when the soldiers raided his home in search of his son and opened live fire after they barged into his house in Beit Ummar, in the West Bank, on Wednesday night.
The Israeli troops were of the Kifr Brigade, also known as Lion Cub Brigade, which is the youngest infantry brigade of the Israel Defense Forces.
Israeli forces and allies raided Abu Maria’s house and opened fire with live ammunition inside the house. His son, Muhammad Abu Maria, suffered an injury to his pelvis, spokesperson of a local popular committee, Muhammad Ayyad Awad, told Ma'an news.
This incident occurred less than 24 hours after a 21-year-old Palestinian, Mohammed Alawneh, was killed early on Wednesday in clashes that followed an Israeli arrest raid in the village of Birqin, west of Jenin.
The troops raided Abu Maria’s home to detain his 24-year-old son Mohammed. After reportedly resisting arrest, his son was shot in the leg, after which Abu Maria intervened before receiving a fatal gunshot to his heart.
Abu Maria’s other son, Ahmad, who is 25-years-old, was also injured with bullet shrapnel in the chest. He was taken along with his father and brother to the al-Ahli Hospital where the condition of the two brothers was reported as being stable. Their father was reported dead shortly afterwards.
Mohammed was wanted on suspicion of security offenses, an Israeli army spokeswoman later stated.
The Israeli soldiers who killed Abu Maria had stones thrown at them by relatives and locals in the village after the incident had happened, reports said.
Israeli forces frequently enter native Palestinian-owned territory to arrest Palestinians they see as suspected of militant activity. Palestinians condemn such actions for they are an encroachment on their already limited self-rule they hold in parts of the West Bank.