March 20, 2023

Muntaser al-Shawwa, 16, was severely wounded two weeks in the past, along with his household accusing the Israeli military of ‘capturing to kill’.

Ramallah, occupied West Financial institution – A Palestinian teenager has succumbed to Israeli military gunshot wounds he sustained two weeks in the past throughout a raid within the occupied West Financial institution.

The Palestinian Ministry of Well being on Monday night introduced the loss of life of Muntaser al-Shawwa, 16, including that he was severely wounded when a “bullet pierced by means of his head from behind his ear”.

Al-Shawwa was shot throughout an in a single day Israeli military raid on the Balata refugee camp in Nablus metropolis within the northern occupied West Financial institution on February 8.

The military had raided Nablus that day to safe a go to by Israeli settlers to the flashpoint website of Joseph’s Shrine inside the town, throughout which confrontations with Palestinian youth broke out within the space.

Al-Shawwa’s household instructed Al Jazeera that the 16-year-old was standing on the aspect of the highway watching the raid when he was shot, and remained unconscious within the intensive care unit (ICU) for the previous 13 days, earlier than passing away on monday.

“They arrive to our land and kill our kids. Please inform me how a 16-year-old – a small little one – each by age and dimension – can characterize a ‘risk’ to Israel?” al-Shawwa’s uncle, Ibrahim Mashharawi, instructed Al Jazeera.

“Within the camp when there are confrontations, all of the youth exit to look at, as a result of we live in these situations. It is recognized that they’re youngsters, and the military can all the time shoot on the legs or decrease limbs, however they shoot with a purpose to kill,” Mashharawi mentioned.

“The bullet entered from behind his ear and broke his total jaw. Shortly after he bought to the hospital, his mind failed and have become fully paralyzed. Solely his coronary heart was beating, whereas his brains had been lifeless,” mentioned Mashharawi.

[Translation: Death of the boy, Muntaser Muhammad Theeb Shawwa (16 years old), from injuries sustained two weeks ago by the occupation’s bullets in Balata camp]

Al-Shawwa is the 51st Palestinian to be killed by the Israeli military and settlers in as many days.

{The teenager}, who can also be the twelfth minor to be killed, was one in every of eight siblings. “He was very vibrant and really form to his household, to his mother and father. They might rely upon him rather a lot,” mentioned Mashharawi.

Israel stepped up its army raids, arrests and killings in Palestinian cities and villages within the occupied West Financial institution from June 2021, following a well-liked Palestinian rebellion referred to as the “Could outburst” that swept Israel and the Palestinian territories it has illegally occupied since 1967.

In March 2022, following a sequence of particular person Palestinian assaults inside Israel, the Israeli military launched a army marketing campaign that led to 2022 being marked by the United Nations because the deadliest 12 months for Palestinians within the occupied West Financial institution since 2006.

Some 171 Palestinians, together with greater than 30 youngsters, had been killed by the Israeli military within the West Financial institution final 12 months.

Civilians confronting the Israeli military throughout raids and uninvolved bystanders have additionally been killed, in addition to Palestinian fighters in focused assassinations and through armed clashes.

Greater than 50 different Palestinians, together with 17 youngsters, had been additionally killed throughout a three-day Israeli assault on the besieged Gaza Strip final August.

Native and worldwide NGOs and rights teams have lengthy condemned systematic Israeli “open-fire” and “shoot-to-kill” insurance policies within the occupied territories of the West Financial institution, East Jerusalem and Gaza Strip.

The Workplace of the UN Excessive Commissioner for Human Rights has beforehand famous that Israeli forces “usually use firearms in opposition to Palestinians on mere suspicion or as a precautionary measure, in violation of worldwide requirements”.

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