Hamdi Shaker Abu Dayya

January 17, 2023: Hamdi Shaker Abdullah Abu Dayya, 40, was killed by Israeli soldiers at the entrance of the Nabi Younis area in Halhoul town, north of Hebron, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank.

The Palestinian Health Ministry said Hamdi was a former political prisoner and a married father of three children from Halhoul.

The Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, the armed wing of the Fateh Movement, said Hamdi, a police officer with the Palestinian Authority, was one of its members.

The Israeli army claimed the soldiers fatally shot a Palestinian in a car, reportedly after several shots of live fire targeted a military roadblock.

According to Israeli Channel 14, the army is investigating whether the Palestinian was the same person who, two days ago, opened fire at an Israeli bus near the illegal Gush Etzion colony.

Palestinian medics rushed to the scene, but the soldiers stopped them and did not allow them to approach the severely bleeding man, who was later declared dead at the scene before the army took his body to an unknown destination.

Hours after killing the Palestinian man, dozens of Israeli soldiers invaded Halhoul town, stormed and ransacked the slain officer’s home, and interrogated his family.

The invasion led to protests before the soldiers fired live rounds, rubber-coated steel bullets, and gas bombs, causing many Palestinians to suffer the effects of tear gas inhalation.

Hamdi’s death brings the number of Palestinians killed by the Israeli army in the first seventeen days of this year to fifteen, including four children.

      1. January 17, 2023: Hamdi Shaker Abu Dayya, 40.
      2. January 16, 2023: Amro Khaled Al-Khmour, 14.
      3. January 15, 2023: Ahmad Hasan Kahala, 45.
      4. January 14, 2023: Yazan Samer Ja’bari, 19.
      5. January 14, 2023: Amjad Adnan Khaliliyya, 23.
      6. January 14, 2023: Ezzeddin Bassem Hamamra, 24.
      7. January 12, 2023: Habib Mohammad Kamil, 25.
      8. January 12, 2023: Abdul-Hadi Fakhri Nazzal, 18.
      9. January 12, 2023: Samir Awni Aslan, 41.
      10. January 11, 2023: Ahmad Amer Abu Jneid, 21.
      11. January 11, 2023: Sanad Mohammad Samamra, 19.
      12. January 05, 2023: Amer Abu Zeitoun, 16.
      13. January 03, 2023: Adam Essam Ayyad, 15.
      14. January 02, 2023: Fuad Mohammad ‘Aabed, 17.
      15. January 02, 2023: Mohammad Samer Houshiyya, 22.

Hamdi was from Halhoul, north of Hebron, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank. Source: IMEMC