Mohammad Qweider

April 25, 2017: Mohammad Mahmoud Qweider, 10, was killed by Israeli explosives dropped by Israeli soldiers who earlier conducted live-fire training in Zarnouk village, in the Negev. His cousin, Omar, 8, was also killed in the same incident.

Mahmoud Abu Qwaider, the father of Mohammad, said the children found the object while playing near their homes, in the same area where the Israeli army constantly conducts live fire training, including the use of explosives, and that the soldiers are frequently seen running and training between the houses and dwellings.

After the explosion, Israeli medics, soldiers and sappers arrived at the scene, and took the children to a hospital, but they were both already dead.

Some Israeli reports claimed that the incident was just an accident that took place “when a power generator exploded near the children.”

Israeli police spokeswoman Luba Samri said the children “were apparently playing with an ordnance when it exploded,” and claimed that the police were “investigating the incident.”

The incident is one of dozens of similar events that led to many casualties, including fatalities, not only in the Negev, but also in Bedouin communities, especially in the Jordan Valley and the Northern Plains of the West Bank.

On Sunday, April 30, 2017, Israeli soldiers and police officers invaded Zarnouk village, and delivered demolition orders targeting two homes.

The village’s Local Council issued a statement denouncing the demolition orders, especially since they came not long after the two children were killed by Israel’s own explosives, directly resulting from using civilian areas as training grounds for the military.

Mohammad was from Zarnouk village in the Negev. Source: IMEMC

Omar Qweider

April 25, 2017: Omar Ismael Qweider, 8, was killed by explosives dropped by Israeli soldiers who earlier conducted live-fire training in Zarnouk village in the Negev. His cousin, Mohammad, 10, was also killed in the same incident.

Mahmoud Abu Qwaider, the father of Mohammad, said the children found the object while playing near their homes, in the same area where the Israeli army constantly conducts live fire training, including the use of explosives, and that the soldiers are frequently seen running and training between the houses and dwellings.

After the explosion, Israeli medics, soldiers and sappers arrived at the scene, and took the children to a hospital, but they were both already dead.

Some Israeli reports claimed that the incident was just an accident that took place “when a power generator exploded near the children.”

Israeli police spokeswoman Luba Samri said the children “were apparently playing with an ordnance when it exploded,” and claimed that the police were investigating the incident.

The incident is one of dozens of similar events that led to many casualties, including fatalities, not only in the Negev, but also in Bedouin communities, especially in the Jordan Valley and the Northern Plains of the West Bank.

On Sunday, April 30, 2017, Israeli soldiers and police officers invaded Zarnouk village, and delivered demolition orders targeting two homes.

The village’s Local Council issued a statement denouncing the demolition orders, especially since they came not long after the two children were killed by Israel’s own explosives, directly resulting from using civilian areas as training grounds for the military.

Omar was from Zarnouk village in the Negev. Source: IMEMC

Soheib Mashahra

April 19, 2017: Soheib Mousa Mashahra, 21, was killed by Israeli army fire after his car crashed into the rear of an Israeli bus near Etzion junction, south of Bethlehem in the West Bank.

The Israeli army claims the young man carried out a “deliberate ramming attack.”

The soldiers fatally shot the young Palestinian man while he was still behind the driver’s wheel, after claiming “they were certain the incident was a deliberate attack,” and that the soldiers later “found a knife inside the car.”

Photographs and videos from the scene, and the fact that his car crashed into the rear of the bus, indicate a normal traffic accident.

Israeli daily Haaretz said an Israeli man, 60, suffered a mild-to-moderate head wound, and was moved to Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem. Soheib was from Sawahra town near Jerusalem. Source: IMEMC

Jassem Nakhla

April 10, 2017: Jassem Nakhla, 17, died from serious wounds he suffered on March 23, 2017, after Israeli soldiers opened fire on a Palestinian car near the al-Jalazoun refugee camp north of Ramallah in the West Bank.

His friend, Mohammad Hattab, 17, was instantly killed during the attack, and Jassem had been clinically dead since his injury and was on life support. Their two other friends remain in comas after being shot in the upper body.

The Israeli army claimed its soldiers who were stationed on a fortified military tower had opened fire at the car after its passengers “hurled Molotov cocktails at the tower.”

A witness told Defence for Children International (DCI) that the soldiers opened fire on the car after it stalled near the settlement of Beit El, and added that the 17-year-old driver was shot at after he stepped out of the vehicle. He reentered the car and tried to start it, but it didn’t start, and the soldiers approached the car and opened fire on the four children, according to the witness.

Palestinian government spokesperson Tareq Rishmawi called on the international community to intervene and provide protection to Palestinian people living under the ongoing Israeli occupation, and added that the soldiers have killed six Palestinian children since the beginning of this year. Jassem was from the al-Jalazoun refugee camp, north of Ramallah. Source: IMEMC

Elichai Taharlev

April 6, 2017: Elichai Taharlev, 20, was killed by a Palestinian driver who crashed into a group of soldiers at the junction of Ofra Israeli settlement, east of Ramallah in the West Bank. One other soldier, 19, was mildly injured in the incident. The Israeli army claimed that the driver, Ahmad Hamed, 23, from Silwad town east of Ramallah, deliberately rammed the two soldiers with his car.

Ahmad was immediately detained at the scene and taken to an Israeli military interrogation facility. Shortly after the incident, Israeli settlers from Ofra blocked the road, and prevented the Palestinian residents from nearby villages from using the road.

Several hours after this incident, the Israeli army invaded Amhad’s family home and detained his father, Malek, 51, and his brother Mousa, 17, while the army’s engineering corps took measurements of the house in preparation for demolishing it at a later date.

Ma’an News reported that Ahmad’s two best friends, Anas Hammad and Mohammad Ayyad, were killed by Israeli forces two weeks apart in December of 2015.

Elichai, a sergeant with the Israeli army, was from Jerusalem. Sources: IMEMC, Ma’an News

Ahmad Ghazal

April 1, 2017: Ahmad Zaher Fathi Ghazal, 17, was shot and killed by Israeli police officers near Al-Aqsa Mosque in East Jerusalem after he stabbed and mildly injured two Israeli settlers and moderately wounded a police officer who was chasing him. He ran to to hide in a residential building before being shot. An eyewitness said, “They could have detained him — he was surrounded by a large number of soldiers. But they executed him.” The Israeli army and police closed Bab al-‘Amoud, leading to the Sahera Gate and the al-Waad Street in Jerusalem, called for reinforcement, and imposed a tight siege in the area, preventing Palestinians and journalists from entering. Clashes later took place in the area and Israeli soldiers detained 20 Palestinians, including 17 merchants, and forced all Palestinian stores to close. Ahmad was from Nablus, in the northern part of the West Bank. Source: IMEMC