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Israeli forces kill Palestinian teenager during Jenin raid

Kamal Alawna’s death brings the death toll to 28 of Palestinians killed in Jenin by Israeli forces this year
Kamal Alawna, 17, was shot in the stomach during confrontations in Jabaa, south of Jenin, after Israeli forces stormed the town on 2 July 2022 (Palestinian media)

Palestinian teenager Kamal Alawna on Sunday died from bullet wounds sustained during a raid by Israeli forces on a town near Jenin the previous night, the Palestinian Health Ministry said.

Alawna, 17, was shot in the stomach and his right hand during confrontations that erupted in Jabaa, south of Jenin city, in the occupied West Bank, after Israeli forces stormed the town on Saturday night. 

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Jani Abu Jukha, the director of Jenin's Ibn Sina Hospital, said Alawna had reached the hospital in critical condition and died of his wounds on Sunday, according to Palestinian news agency Wafa.

The Israeli army has been conducting raid-and-arrest operations on a near-daily basis in the occupied West Bank since March, which often lead to the wounding or killing of Palestinians.

Earlier this week, Israeli forces shot dead a 25-year-old Palestinian man during an overnight raid in Jenin.

Alawna's death raises the number of Palestinians killed in the Jenin governorate this year to 28, including veteran journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, who was shot dead by Israeli forces in May when she was covering an army raid in the area.

Death toll

The National Assembly of the Families of the Martyrs of Palestine said in a report on Sunday that the number of Palestinians killed by Israeli forces this year up to 30 June had reached 77, including 15 minors.

The report said 14-year-old Mohammed Salah, from al-Khader town in Bethlehem, was the youngest among the Palestinians killed this year.

The director of the assembly, Mohammed Sbeihat, said the oldest Palestinians killed were Omar Abdel-Majeed Asaad, from Jaljia village in Ramallah, and Suleiman al-Hathaleen, from Umm al-Khair village in Hebron, both 80 years old.

Sbeihat said April was the deadliest month of the year so far, with 23 Palestinians killed by Israeli forces.