Khaled Samer Al-Za’anin

August 30, 2023: Khaled Samer Al-Za’anin, 14, was shot and killed by Israeli forces at a light rail station near the Damascus Gate (Bab al-Amoud), in occupied Jerusalem in the West Bank after an alleged stabbing attack.

Hebrew sources claimed that the Palestinian child stabbed an illegal Israeli settler in the “Al-Musrara” neighborhood in occupied Jerusalem before security officers and settlers attacked him at the light rail station.

Israeli police arrived at the scene, and rather than taking the child into custody, a police officer shot him at close range and failed to provide him with medical treatment, causing him to bleed to death.

Also, Israeli police officers assaulted Palestinian journalists who attempted to approach the scene to provide media coverage.

Israeli settlers were shown on social media videos attacking vehicles at the scene and applauding the killing of the Palestinian child.

Furthermore, the soldiers prevented local Palestinians from approaching the home of the slain child, which sparked protests among local Palestinian youths, who burned rubber tires.

Shortly after Khaled’s death, the army invaded and destroyed the contents of his family home, and caused injuries to members of his family, in the Beit Hanina neighborhood, north of occupied East Jerusalem.

Soldiers fired rubber-coated steel rounds, concussion grenades, and tear gas canisters at local citizens and at the home of the slain child, causing inhalation injuries.

Later it was reported that occupation forces abducted the father, mother, brother, and sister of the slain child.