February 22, 2023: Abdul-Hadi Abdul-Aziz Ashqar, 61, was shot and killed by Israeli soldiers during an Israeli offensive on Nablus, in the northern part of the occupied West Bank.
The Palestinian Health Ministry has confirmed that Israeli soldiers killed eleven Palestinians and injured more than 102, including six in critical condition, during the Wednesday invasion of Nablus.
One of the slain Palestinians, Abdul-Hadi Al-Ashqar, 61, was sent to the Najah National University where his son, Elias, who works as a nurse at the Emergency Unit, was shocked to see his father there, and despite all efforts, the father died in his arms.
Another of those killed, Anan Shawkat Ennab, 66, was rushed to a hospital in Nablus, suffering the severe effects of tear gas inhalation. All efforts to revive him were unsuccessful, and he was declared dead.
The soldiers also killed and injured many Palestinians who were trying to seek shelter from their gunfire.
Three journalists are among the wounded Palestinians.
The slain Palestinians, as officially confirmed by the Palestinian Health Ministry, are:
- Anan Shawkat Ennab, 66.
- Adnan Sabe’ Ba’ara, 72.
- Mohammad Khaled Anbousi, 25.
- Tamer Nimir Ahmad Minawi, 33.
- Mos’ab Monir Mohammad Oweiss, 26.
- Husam Bassam Isleem, 24.
- Mohammad Omar Abu Kabr Al-Juneidi, 23.
- Walid Riyad Hussein Dakheel, 23.
- Abdul-Hadi Abdul-Aziz Ashqar, 61.
- Mohammad Farid Sha’ban, 16.
- Jasser Jamil Abdul-Wahab Qaneer, 23.
The massacre took place when several armored Israeli military vehicles invaded the Old City of Nablus, Palestinians in the northern part of the occupied West Bank, and opened fire with live ammunition on the crowds of Palestinian civilians that were in the area.
The soldiers were opening fire at the Palestinians from small openings in their heavily armored jeeps that barely fit the barrel of the automatic rifles.
Media sources said the soldiers surrounded a home in the Sheikh Mosallam neighborhood to abduct several Palestinians, leading to protests, and exchanges of fire between the army and Palestinian resistance fighters in the Old City and surrounding areas.
The soldiers fired a barrage of live ammunition, gas bombs, and concussion grenades at the Palestinians protesting the invasion and also targeted journalists and medics with live fire.
The wounded journalists are Omar Istaitiyah, who suffered a bullet fragment wound to the ear, Mohammad Khatib, who was shot in the arm, and Ahmad Khalaf, who suffered the severe effects of tear gas inhalation.
The Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS) said the soldiers encircled the home and surrounding area and prevented its medics from reaching the wounded to be able to provide medical care.
The denial of medics is a direct violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention – but despite this fact, Israeli soldiers frequently prevent medics from reaching wounded Palestinians.
Israeli sources said the soldiers and undercover officers invaded Nablus to abduct a “wanted Palestinian” and added that the Palestinian that they were pursuing was shot while fleeing the area in his car.
All hospitals in Nablus remained on high alert due to the offensive and the number of injuries, especially since almost all of the wounded Palestinians were shot with live fire, including expanding bullets, to the upper body. As a result, hospitals called on the Palestinians to donate blood to the seriously wounded.
Video By Palestine TV
Abdul-Hadi was from Nablus, in the northern West Bank. Source: IMEMC