A three-year-old Palestinian boy died Monday from his injuries after he was shot by Israeli forces in the West Bank last week, both Israeli and Palestinian authorities said.
The Sheba Hospital, located in the Israeli city of Tel Aviv, states in a press release that the boy “died … despite the great efforts of the medical staff”. The Palestinian Authority’s Ministry of Health writes that it was informed that “the three-year-old child Mohammed Haitham al-Tamimi from the village of Nabi Saleh had lost his life”.
The boy was shot during a confrontation in the village, which is close to Ramallah. The Israeli defense has stated in a press release that “assailants started shooting in the direction of Neveh Tzuf”, an Israeli settlement in the West Bank. The Israeli soldiers responded again by “firing a number of projectiles”, reads the press release.
Two Palestinians were wounded by the shots, including the three-year-old boy. His father, Haitham al-Tamimi, was also wounded.
“I was in the car with my child. We wanted to visit some family”, says the boy’s father about the incident.
“Suddenly they started shooting at me and my son. I thought it came from a military tower,’ he adds.
The Israeli defense writes in the press release that it “regrets the damage to civilians and that it undertakes to do everything in its power to prevent such incidents”.
The body of the three-year-old boy has been handed over to a Palestinian hospital in Ramallah. The city’s governor, Laila Ghannam, calls the Israeli soldiers’ action “a double crime”.
“If it wasn’t for God’s grace, we would have had two funerals here,” she says.
The West Bank lies between Israel and Jordan on the west side of the Jordan River and the Dead Sea – hence the name. The area has been occupied by Israel since the Six Day War in June 1967.
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