Qusai Jamal Maatan

August 4, 2023: Qusai Jamal Maatan, 19, was shot and killed by illegal Israeli colonizers on Friday evening during an invasion into Burqa town, east of Ramallah, in the central occupied West Bank, the Palestinian Ministry of Health confirmed.

Local sources reported that large numbers of Israeli settlers invaded the town from the western and northwestern parts of the town, under the full protection of the Israeli occupation army.

Palestinian citizens attempted to confront the settler incursion, however there were greater numbers of settlers, with the security of the army.

The settlers attacked Palestinian residents, hurled rocks at them, and burned two Palestinian-owned vehicles in the town.

The Palestinian Ministry of Health (MoH) announced that a Palestinian teenager was shot with live ammunition by a settler, however there are conflicting reports.

According to medical sources at the Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS), its ambulance crews transported a critically injured youth to hospital stating that the youth was shot by the army.

The critically injured youth, identified by the Ministry of Health as Qusai Jamal Maatan, 19, was pronounced dead shortly after arrival to hospital.

It was added that at least two other Palestinian young men were injured by rocks, they were taken to hospital for medical intervention.

It is important to mention that the illegal colonizers brought sheep to the area, with the clear intention of establishing a colonial outpost for grazing their livestock.

Earlier that day, Israeli forces shot and killed a Palestinian teenager in the Nour Shams refugee camp, east of Tulkarem, in the northwestern part of the occupied West Bank.

Israeli soldiers shot Mahmoud Abu Sa’an, 18, in the head with a live round, reportedly from a short distance, he was pronounced dead shortly after arrival to hospital.

Qusai was from Burqa village, east of Ramallah. Source: IMEMC