December 11, 2022: Jenna Majdi Essam Zakarna, 15, was shot in the head and killed by Israeli snipers while she was standing on the roof of her home during an Israeli military invasion of Jenin.
The attack occurred before midnight when undercover Israeli soldiers, and numerous armored military vehicles, invaded Jenin.
Sources at the Khalil Suleiman Hospital in Jenin said the soldiers killed Jenna Majdi Essam Zakarna, 16, after shooting her with live fire in the head and face, and two in her chest.
Jenna’s family said the soldiers fatally shot her while standing on the rooftop of their home in the Eastern Neighborhood.
They said Jenna went to the rooftop of their home to bring her cat, and that is when the soldiers shot her.
“She went to the rooftop to bring cat down, but when she didn’t come back, her brother went to the roof and saw her bleeding on the ground and her car sitting next to her, she bled for at least 30 minutes before they found her” her uncle, Yasser Zakarna, told Palestine TV, “She was just fifteen, she was just a child who loved life… the soldiers shot her four times; two in the head and face, and two in her chest…they killed her childhood, she was a child, she wasn’t throwing stones or doing anything…. the soldiers fired at her to kill her… the occupation just keeps committing its crimes, just like what he saw a few days ago in Jenin…”
Furthermore, the soldiers caused damage to several parked cars and a shop during protests that took place in the Al-Bayader area in Jenin.
The Israeli army claimed it arrested a Palestinian reportedly “planning attacks against the soldiers and Israeli targets.”
Later, it turned out that she was shot with a live bullet in her head, and the neighborhood’s residents assume that the bullet was fired by one of the Israeli snipers stationed on the top of residential buildings, including an under-construction building comprised of seven floors opposite to Zakarna family house.
Jana was taken to Dr. Khalil Suliman Hospital in Jenin, where doctors confirmed her death after succumbing to a bullet injury in the head.”
According to PCHR’s fieldworker, Jana’s body was referred to the Forensic Medicine Institute at an-Najah National University in Nablus.
After the autopsy, it turned out according to what the doctors told PCHR’s fieldworker, that the shooting was from an M16 weapon from a distance of no less than 300 meters.
Also, it was found out that Jana was hit with 5 live bullets that penetrated her body; 4 of them hit her shoulder and neck while the fifth penetrated her head from the right side and exited the left side, and some shrapnel remained in her head. This proves that the shots were of the explosive type that is usually used by IOF.
The soldiers also stormed and ransacked many homes before abducting Hasan Ahmad Mer’ey, 30, Tha’er Jihad Hanthawi, 40, and his brother Mohammad, 33.
Furthermore, the Palestinian Health Ministry said the soldiers also shot a young man with a bullet in the leg before he was rushed to Ibn Sina Specialized Hospital suffering mild-to-moderate wounds.