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Israeli forces shoot and kill one Palestinian, injure 16 others including medic

Jerusalem24 – Israeli forces shot and killed Mohammad Musa Mohammad Saba’ana and injured 16 others, including a paramedic, during a military raid in Jenin in the occupied West Bank last night.

29-year-old Saba’ana died moments after being shot in the upper part of his body, according to the Palestinian Red Crescent. Local sources said Saba’ana was shot in the chest while filming the events on his phone.

One of the injuries was described as serious, and others were moderate including a girl who was injured in the jaw, in addition to two young men shot in the legs, and another was injured with shrapnel in the head.

Medical Relief paramedic Mohammad Malaysha was also shot in the foot with live ammunition while trying to rescue an injured man.

Confrontations between Palestinian youth and Israeli forces broke out when large forces of the Israeli military, estimated at around 100 military vehicles as well as a military bulldozer, stormed the city from multiple points and sealed the entrances.

A number of Israeli snipers deployed to the roofs of several tall buildings.

Israeli forces besieged the Nakheel building in the Basatin neighborhood, and detained a group of young men who were located in a gym.

Footage circulated on social media appears to show an IED, an improvised explosive device, exploding right in front of an Israeli military jeep. This would be the second IED attack on the Israeli military on two consecutive nights.

Collective punishment

The Israeli military entered the area to carry out a punitive demolition of the family home of Raed Khazem, who killed three Israelis in a shooting attack on a bar in Tel Aviv in April.

After proceeding to the eastern part of the city and surrounding the building the Khazem family home was located, Israeli soldiers forced its other residents including women and children to leave their apartments and used them as human shields during the ongoing confrontations, according to the testimonies of the residents who spoke to Palestinian journalists this morning.

Israeli forces then blew up an apartment belonging to the Khazem family.

The other apartments in the building were damaged by the explosion. The residents, who were not related to Khazem, had submitted an appeal to the Israeli courts not to have the house blown up.

Numerous human rights organizations have stated that Israel’s use of punitive demolitions contravenes international law as it constitutes a form of collective punishment, in contravention of Hague regulations and the Fourth Geneva Convention.

Between 1967 and 2014, at least 1,523 punitive home demolitions were carried out by Israeli forces in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza  though the real number may be as high as 6,130.

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