March 22, 2017: Yousef Sha’ban Abu ‘Athra, 16, was killed by Israeli soldiers who fired shells and live rounds into Palestinian lands in Rafah in the southern part of the Gaza Strip. Two other Palestinians suffered moderate-to-severe injuries from the attack. The Israeli army claimed it opened fire on Palestinians who aroused suspicion by heading towards the border fence. Following the attack, Israeli tanks carried out a limited invasion into Palestinian lands, close to the fence. In a press release, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) said several civilians intended to sneak into Israel for work when the army fired artillery shells, one striking the child to the upper part of his body. Yousef was from Rafah. Source: IMEMC
March 6, 2017: Bassel al-A’raj, 31, was killed by Israeli soldiers in al-Biereh town in the central West Bank district of Ramallah after the soldiers surrounded a home and exchanged fire with him for more than two hours.
Locals said the Palestinian ran out of ammunition before the soldiers stormed the property, killed him, and dragged him from his feet for a distance, leaving a blood trail. They then took his corpse to an unknown destination.
The invasion led to clashes between the soldiers and many local youngsters, who hurled stones on the military vehicles, while the army fired live rounds, rubber-coated steel bullets and gas bombs. Two Palestinians were wounded. Bassel was from al-Walaja, in the West Bank city of Bethlehem.
Bassel was a pharmacist who graduated from an Egyptian university and worked in this profession near Jerusalem.
He was a historian and a writer who documented the ongoing Palestinian revolutions, starting in the 1930’s against the British occupation, and worked with various youth groups introducing them to the history of Palestine, including through trips to historic sites. Source: IMEMC
March 1, 2017: Sa’adi Mahmoud Ali Qaisiyya, 25, was killed by an Israeli settler in Mor Farm outpost near Taneh Omarim Israeli settlement in Hebron in the southern part of the West Bank after he reportedly attacked the settler and stabbed him, causing minor wounds. Israeli sources claimed that “the Palestinian entered the farm before the settler heard noises behind his property, and saw a man carrying two knives, then he ran towards his home to grab his weapon, while the Palestinian chased him, and stabbed him in his home, then the wounded settler shot him.” Israeli medics rushed to the scene and provided the Israeli settler with treatment for his minor wounds. Palestinian sources said Sa’adi bled to death without receiving any medical treatment. Sa’adi was from ath-Thaheriyya town, south of Hebron. Source: IMEMC