jeudi 3 janvier 2019

Palestine in Pictures: December 2018

La Palestine en images: décembre 2018

Relatives of Palestinian boy Ahmad Abu Abid, 4, mourn during the child’s funeral in Khan Younis, 
southern Gaza, on 12 December. The child succumbed to injuries sustained days earlier after he was hit
 by shrapnel fired by Israeli soldiers during Great March of Return protests.Ashraf AmraAPA images

Israeli occupation forces killed 14 Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip in December.

It was the first month since the launch of the Great March of Return in March that more Palestinians were killed in the West Bank than the Gaza Strip.

Some 300 Palestinians were killed by Israeli soldiers and settlers throughout the year. Fourteen Israelis were killed by Palestinians during the same period, including two soldiers shot dead in the West Bank during December.

Additionally, a baby died days after his premature birth following the critical shooting of his Israeli mother near a West Bank settlement in December.

Salah Barghouti, a 29-year-old Palestinian, was alleged by Israel to have shot the woman whose baby died, along with her husband and five others who were moderately injured.
Forced disappearance

The Palestinian rights group Al-Haq made an urgent appeal to the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances concerning Barghouti’s case.

According to Al-Haq’s documentation, including witness testimony, Barghouti was apprehended alive on 12 December. Several hours after his disappearance, Israeli media reported that Barghouti had been killed by Yamam, a special unit of Israel’s Border Police.

The inconsistencies in Israel’s narrative concerning Barghouti, Al-Haq states, “reveal that there has been an attempt to conceal the circumstances in which [Barghouti] was arrested, detained and possibly killed, while they fail to disclose his current whereabouts.”

The day after Barghouti’s disappearance, Israeli forces killed Ashraf Naawla, 23, after a two-month manhunt. Naawla was suspected of shooting and killing two Israelis at a West Bank settlement industrial plant in early October.

Disabled man shot from behind

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