Mohamad al-Alam passed away last night in the hospital from his serious injuries. The soldier struck him in the chest with a bullet while the boy was in a car with his father. According to the Israeli army, the car was involved in suspicious activity and did not stop for a check. More than 320 Palestinians injured in clashes in recent days.
Jerusalem (AsiaNews/Agencies) - A 12-year-old Palestinian boy who was seriously wounded when shot by Israeli soldiers, during a patrol carried out in the Occupied Territories of the West Bank died yesterday evening.
His death was confirmed by the Palestinian Ministry of Health, according to which the victim, Mohamad al-Alami, was killed in the town of Beit Omar, northwest of Hebron.
The statement released by the ministry explains that the boy was shot in the chest while he was with his father inside the family car. Israeli military sources confirm the incident, stressing that one of the soldiers shot at the wheels of the car after detecting that the car was involved in previous "suspicious activities."
An official army memo states, ""The troops attempted to stop the vehicle using standard procedures including shouting and firing warning shots into the air. After the vehicle did not stop, one of the soldiers fired toward the vehicle's wheels in order to stop it."
Palestinians present at the time of the incident have a different version and claim the soldier aimed at the boy who later died in a hospital in the southern West Bank from his serious injuries.
Yesterday's is just the latest in a series of bloody events in the area in recent days. On the evening of July 27, a 41-year-old Palestinian was killed by an Israeli bullet in a West Bank town, the scene of clashes between protesters and security forces in recent weeks. On July 24, a 17-year-old Palestinian teenager, wounded the previous day during a heated confrontation with Israeli soldiers, died in the hospital where he had been admitted.
At the origin of the clashes, the demonstrations promoted by Palestinians against the Israeli occupation and the presence of soldiers in the West Bank. In the violence between the two sides there are at least 320 injured Palestinian demonstrators, most of them hit by tear gas, as reported by the Palestinian Red Crescent.
The settlements are communities inhabited by Israeli civilians and military personnel and built in the territories conquered after the Six-Day War of June 1967, in the West Bank, East Jerusalem, the Golan Heights and the Gaza Strip.
In 1982 Israel withdrew from the settlements in Sinai after signing the peace agreement (1979) with Egypt and in 2005 former Prime Minister Sharon ordered the dismantling of 17 colonies in the Gaza Strip. At the moment the colonies - illegal according to international law - are located in East Jerusalem, West Bank and Golan Heights and within them live about 470 thousand people.