Ahmad Ezzat Khatatbeh

September 25, 2015: Ahmad Ezzat Khatatbeh, 24, was killed by Israeli soldiers at a military roadblock, east of Nablus, in the northern part of the occupied West Bank.

Medical sources said the soldiers shot and seriously injured the young man, a week earlier, adding that he remained in a critical condition at a hospital in Nablus, until he succumbed to his wounds.

Medical sources told Ma’an News Agency that Ahmad was shot three times with live rounds in the shoulder, chest, and abdomen at the Beit Forik checkpoint last Friday.

An Israeli army spokesperson said at the time that a Molotov cocktail was thrown at an Israeli army patrol in the area, near the illegal colony of Itamar, with soldiers responding by shooting a Palestinian suspect and detaining another.

Khatatbeh’s death comes a day after hundreds of mourners marched in the funeral of 18-year-old Hadeel al-Hashlamon, who was shot dead by Israeli forces on Wednesday at a Hebron roadblock.

Hadeel’s death had followed that of another Palestinian who was killed in a village outside Hebron by an explosive device he intended to throw at a military vehicle, the army said.

Some residents provided a similar account of the man’s death, while Palestinian security officials said the man, whom they identified as Dia al-Talahmeh, 21, had been shot dead by Israeli forces.

Khatatbeh’s death Thursday brings the total number of Palestinians killed by Israeli forces since the start of 2015 to twenty-six, according to UN documentation. The number does not include Palestinian deaths caused by Israeli settlers.

Ahmad was from Beit Furik town, southeast of Nablus, in the northern part of the West Bank. Source: IMEMC