Saleh Omar Barghouthi

December 12, 2018: Saleh Omar Saleh Barghouthi, 29, was extra judicially assassinated by Israeli soldiers near Surda village, north of the central West Bank city of Ramallah; the army claimed the Palestinian was allegedly “involved” in a shooting targeting colonialist settlers, last Sunday.

The slain  Palestinian has been identified as a a Palestinian Taxi driver named Saleh Omar Saleh Barghouthi, 29; eyewitnesses said he was driving his taxi when the undercover Israeli soldiers, driving an old commercial Mercedes, ambushed him, and opened fire at him, before abducting him while he was still alive, but severely injured and bleeding.

The army later said the Palestinian died from his wounds in a hospital in occupied Jerusalem.

Eyewitnesses said that the taxi remained in the middle of the road, after the soldiers shot Saleh, and added that a young man, identified as Wa’ad Barghouthi, tried to remove it from the road, but the undercover forces attacked him and abducted him too.

Eyewitnesses said the undercover soldiers instantly opened fire at the car after ambushing it, in what appeared to be a clear assassination, not an attempt to abduct and imprison him.

The soldiers also abducted Ala’ Tarifi, who owns the Taxi company, when he tried to ask about Saleh’s condition.

Hours after killing Barghouthi, dozens of soldiers invaded Kobar village, northwest of Ramallah, and stormed his home where they forced his family in one room, and then removed the males from the property, before conducting extensive and violent searches.

The soldiers assaulted the family, and hurled concussion grenades in the property, eyewitnesses said.

The invasion into the village led to protests, and the army fired dozens of rubber-coated steel bullets and gas bombs.

Medical sources said the soldiers injured several Palestinian, including a child, and prevented a Palestinian ambulance from transferring the wounding child to a hospital in Ramallah.

The sources added that the army prevented many ambulances from entering Kobar.

The soldiers also invaded Ein Misbah area in the al-Biereh nearby city, and confiscated a Palestinian car, which looks similar to the one used in the shooting targeting the settlers.

Dozens of Palestinians hurled stones at the soldiers, while the army fired gas bombs and concussion grenades at them and at many homes and cars.

Among the wounded Israelis in the shooting incident is a pregnant woman, and her husband, who both remain hospitalized.

Israeli Ynet News has reported, Wednesday, that the doctors had to perform an emergency cesarean section on the injured mother, but the infant was announced dead.

In related news, the soldiers invaded Nabi Saleh village, northwest of Ramallah, and fired a barrage of gas bombs, concussion grenades and rubber-coated steel bullets at local protesters.

One Palestinian was shot with a gas bombs in his neck, and many others suffered the severe effects of teargas inhalation, especially when the the soldiers fired gas bombs and homes.

Local nonviolent activist Mohammad Tamimi said the soldiers also invaded and violently searched many homes in the village, and interrogated several Palestinians while inspecting their ID cards.

Saleh was from the Ramallah area, in the central part of the West Bank. Source: IMEMC

Majd Mteir

December 12, 2018: Majd Mteir, 26, was shot and killed by Israeli soldiers in Jerusalem, in the Old City, after he reportedly stabbed and injured two Israeli police officers.

Israeli sources said two officers of the Border Guards Unit suffered mild wounds, “when the Palestinian stabbed them, before he was shot dead.”

They added that one of the wounded officers, a 19-year-old policewoman, suffered a moderate injury, and was moved to Hadassah Ein Karem Medical Center, in Jerusalem, where her condition improved and was described as mild.

Majd was shot with several live rounds, and succumbed to his wounds shortly afterwards.

Following the incident, dozens of soldiers and officers were deployed in the Old City, and installed many roadblocks, preventing the Palestinians from leaving their homes, especially as many Muslims were heading to the Al-Aqsa Mosque, for dawn prayers.

The soldiers also stopped many Palestinian journalists and prevented them from entering the area.

Majd was from Qalandia refugee camp, north of occupied East Jerusalem. Source: IMEMC

Ahmad Yasser Abu ‘Aabed

December 11, 2018: Ahmad Yasser Sabri Abu ‘Aabed, 4, died from serious wounds he suffered when Israeli soldiers shot him in the eye with an expanding bullet, on Friday, December 7, 2018, east of Khan Younis, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip. The Palestinian Health Ministry said the soldiers shot the child with expanding bullets, one in his eye, and one in his abdomen, causing very serious wounds. Ahmad was rushed to a hospital in Khan Younis, underwent a surgery, and remained in a critical condition at the Intensive Care Unit, until he succumbed to his wounds.

According to a report by Defense for Children International, Ahmad was in his father’s arms around 3:30 p.m. when he was struck by shrapnel as Israeli forces opened fire on protesters in Khan Younis, Gaza Strip, on December 7. Ahmad sustained injuries to his head, chest and abdomen which caused his death.

“Suddenly, I heard the sound of a gunshot fired by one of the soldiers and I heard the sound of something exploding in front of me,” said the child’s father. “At this moment, Ahmad screamed. I looked at Ahmad and found blood coming down from his right eye and chest and his shirt was torn.”

Ahmad was treated at the European hospital in Khan Younis, according to the child’s family. An MRI revealed that shrapnel had entered Ahmad’s brain through his eye. He was held in the intensive care unit until Tuesday, when doctors pronounced him dead.

On Monday, the soldiers shot eleven Palestinians, including one medic, during the 19th weekly 19th protest against the Israeli naval blockade on the coastal Strip.

On the day of Ahmad’s serious injury, Friday December 7, 2018, the 37th Friday of the Great March of Return and Breaking the Siege on Gaza, the soldiers shot 72 Palestinian civilians, including 11 children and 2 paramedics.

Ahmad was from Khan Younis, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip. Source: IMEMC

Omar Hasan al-‘Awawda

December 11, 2018: Omar Hasan al-‘Awawda, 27, was shot and killed by Israeli soldiers  while driving his car in Ethna town, west of the southern West Bank city of Hebron, after he reportedly “failed to stop for inspection.”

The head of the Al-Ahli Hospital in Hebron, Dr. Yousef Takrouri, said the soldiers shot Omar with several live rounds in his back.

He added that Red Crescent medics rushed the young man to the hospital in critical condition, but he succumbed to his serious wounds.

The Israeli army claimed that the soldiers opened fire at the car, after its driver “failed to stop for inspection,” and “endangered the lives of the soldiers.”

Army officials alleged that the Palestinians tried to ram employees of the “Civil Administration Office,” and Border Guard officers, who were operating in the town.

Omar was from Ethna, east of Hebron in the southern part of the West Bank. Source: IMEMC