Adam Ayyad, 15, was killed during an Israeli army raid on the Dheisheh refugee camp in Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank.
Ramallah, occupied West Bank – The Israeli army shot and killed a Palestinian teenager during an attack on the city of Bethlehem in the southern occupied West Bank.
Adam Issam Shaker Ayyad, 15, was killed Tuesday morning after being shot in the chest, the Palestinian Health Ministry said.
The killing took place during an Israeli army raid on the Dheisheh refugee camp that began before dawn and involved dozens of armored vehicles, after which clashes with young Palestinians erupted. According to local media, Israeli forces arrested several residents during the raid.
The Palestinian Foreign Ministry described the killing as a “heinous crime of execution” in a statementand said, “Israel’s continued impunity encourages it to commit crimes against our children”.
“It is an extension of the series of extrajudicial killings and part of Israel’s attacks on Palestinian children in general,” the statement continued.
The Israeli army said its troops “opened fire on some Palestinians who threw Molotov cocktails at them during the clashes, adding that suspects were hit,” according to Israeli media.
Ayyad is the third Palestinian to be killed by Israel since the start of the new year as a result of an ongoing Israeli military campaign. intensified raids and killings that lasted nearly a year.
On Monday, Israeli troops killed two men during a raid on the village of Kufr Dan in Jenin in the northern occupied West Bank.
The United Nations said 2022 was the deadliest year for Palestinians in the occupied West Bank in 16 years — since the end of the second Intifada, or Palestinian uprising, in 2005.
A new Israeli government said to be the rightmost wing in the state’s 74-year history, was sworn in on December 29.
The government, led by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, includes controversial figures whose presence in positions of control over the Palestinians fuels fears that tensions on the ground in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem could flare further.
Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh said in a statement on Tuesday that the Israeli government bore “full responsibility for all the consequences of its aggression against our towns, villages, villages and camps, and the associated killings, destruction and arrests”, including that of Ayyad.
According to the Palestinian Ministry of Education, Ayyad studied at a UN-funded school in the Dheisheh camp.
Depriving his family of their only child and their hopes for a bright future for him, Israeli occupation forces today killed 🇵🇸 child Adam Ayyad during a raid near occupied #BethlehemThe international community must hold Israel accountable for its ongoing and escalating crimes pic.twitter.com/EEkhUQtyup
— MoE of Palestine (@PalestineMoE) January 3, 2023
Israeli forces killed at least 171 Palestinians in the West Bank and occupied East Jerusalem in 2022, including more than 30 children. At least 9,000 others were injured.
Civilians who confronted the Israeli army in raids and uninvolved bystanders have been killed, as have Palestinian fighters in targeted killings and armed clashes.
On Tuesday morning, Israel’s far-right Minister of National Security, Itamar Ben Gvirinto the Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied East Jerusalem despite threats of a response from Palestinian armed groups in the besieged Gaza Strip and by Palestinian residents of Jerusalem.
However, the visit took place within 15 minutes and in the early hours of the morning, when few Palestinians were still on the scene, and the atmosphere remained calm after Ben-Gvir left.