16 year old shot by Israeli soldier

Sanad Mohammad Khalil Abu Atiya

Early this morning (32 March 2022) , Israeli forces shot 16-year-old Sanad Mohammad Khalil Abu Atiya in the chest with live ammunition in Jenin, killing him. Sanad is the fifth Palestinian children shot and killed by Israeli forces this year.

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An Israeli soldier shot Sanad as he approached Yazeed al-Saadi, 22, moments after al-Saadi was shot in the back of the head. Sanad was killed as Israeli forces were leaving the area after conducting a search and arrest operation in nearby Jenin refugee camp. Palestinian residents reportedly threw stones at the armored Israeli military vehicles as they withdrew from Jenin refugee camp towards Jenin’s Al-Zahra neighborhood. 

An eyewitness reported that gunshots were fired from the refugee camp as the Israeli vehicles left the area. Palestinian residents who were throwing stones began to flee, as one of the armored Israeli military vehicles drove in reverse pursuing those who were fleeing, an eyewitness told DCIP. 

An Israeli soldier exited the passenger side of the jeep, took a shooting position, and fired around 15 live ammunition rounds in quick succession, the eyewitness told DCIP. The soldier shot al-Saadi in the back of the head, and al-Saadi fell to the ground about two meters from a car that Sanad and the eyewitness were hiding behind. Sanad was shot as he approached al-Saadi in an attempt to render aid, the eyewitness told DCIP.  Israeli forces frequently ignore their obligation under international law to only resort to intentional lethal force when a direct, mortal threat to life or of serious injury exists. They must be held accountable for killing Palestinian children with impunity