Obeida Akram Jawabra

May 17, 2021: Obeida Akram Jawabra, 17, was killed by Israeli soldiers who shot him with live ammunition in the al-‘Arroub refugee camp, near the southern occupied West Bank city of Hebron.

Medical sources said Obaida sustained a gunshot wound to his chest during a protest at the entrance of the camp located near Route 60, the main route in the West Bank connecting Hebron and Jerusalem.

He was shot in the heart by an Israeli soldier deployed about seventy meters (230 feet) away fired the fatal shot, according to eyewitnesses interviewed by Defense for Children International – Palestine.

Dozens of Palestinian civilians gathered at the entrance of the camp and attempted to resist the army invasion; however, they were met with excessive use of force by the Israeli army, causing dozens to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation.

In related news, Palestinian activist groups, on Monday, have called for mass protests on Tuesday, May 18 to show opposition to the continuous Israeli aggression against Palestinians in Gaza and the occupied West Bank for the past 10 days.

Rights groups began to organize via social media platforms and by early afternoon political groups and unions joined the effort.

The statement also called for mass protests all over the West Bank, Gaza, and Palestinian communities inside of the 1948 Palestinian territories (Israel) to stop Israel’s vicious assault on Palestinian civilians in the besieged Gaza Strip and the West Bank.

Furthermore, prior to this report, the Palestinian Ministry of Health reported that Israeli forces have killed 21 Palestinians, including one child, and injured 3728 in the West Bank alone.

The report added that Israeli airstrikes and shelling of residential buildings and infrastructure in the besieged Gaza Strip, has killed 198 Palestinian civilians, including fifty-eight children and thirty-five women, and injuring 1300, and terrorizing the entire population of the coastal enclave.

Obaida was from the al-Arroub refugee camp, near Hebron, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank. Source: DCI, IMEMC