Ibrahim Mustafa Abu Yacoub

July 9th, 2020: Ibrahim Mustafa Abu Yacoub, 33, was shot by Israeli soldiers with a live round in his neck, causing life-threatening wounds.

The Palestinian Health Ministry confirmed the death of a Palestinian man who was shot by Israeli soldiers near the main intersection of Kifl Hares town, north of Salfit in central West Bank, and added that the soldiers also shot and injured a Palestinian teen.

The Ministry added that Palestinian medics rushed the seriously wounded Palestinian to Salfit Governmental Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries.

The soldiers also shot and injured a Palestinian teen with a live round in his thigh.

There were no protests when the soldiers opened fire at the Palestinians, who were walking near the main entrance of the town, which was blockaded by the army four days ago. For the last four days, the soldiers have been preventing the Palestinians from entering or leaving it.

Eyewitnesses said Abu Ya’coub was just walking with a few of his friends when the soldiers targeted them with live fire without any cause or justification.

Essam Abu Yacoub, the head of Kifl Hares Town Council, said the slain Palestinian, and the wounded teen, Mohammad Abdul-Salam Abu Ya’coub, 17, were walking in the area when the soldiers directly targeted them with live fire. The soldiers were on the military tower which was installed at the entrance of the town.

He added that a vehicle of colonialist Israeli settlers was in the area, and that the colonists also opened fire at the Palestinians.

Salfit Governor, Abdullah Kamil, said the Israeli army has escalated its violations against the civilians, and called on all factions, and the Palestinian people, to unite in facing the Israeli aggression against them, their homes, lands and their holy sites amidst the planned illegal annexation of large areas of the occupied West Bank.

“This despicable and ugly crime is just one of a series of Israeli violations against our people in every part of occupied Palestine,” Kamil added, “This is yet another cold-blooded murder; Ibrahim and his friends were just walking in their town; there was no reason for the soldiers to open fire at them in the first place, let alone to deliver the fatal shots.”

The slain Palestinian is the brother of Agricultural Engineer and the Director of the Ministry of Environmental Affairs, Marwan Abu Ya’coub.

Ibrahim was from Kifl Hares town, north of Salfit in the central West Bank. Source: IMEMC

Hamdi Taleb Na’san

January 26, 2019: Hamdi Taleb Sa’ada Na’san, 38, a father of four young children, was killed with a bullet to his back by a group of illegal Israeli colonialist settlers invaded the northern part of the al-Mughayyir village, east of the central West Bank city of Ramallah.

According to an investigation by the Palestinian Center for Human Rights, at approximately 15:30 on Saturday, 26 January 2019, a group of Israeli settlers moved into al-Moghayer village, northeast of Ramallah, and rioted on the streets while opening fire at several houses, breaking all the houses’ windows.  Meanwhile, dozens of Palestinian youngsters and young men gathered to throw stones and empty bottles at them.

In response, the settlers immediately and randomly fired a barrage of bullets, wounding Hamdi Taleb al-Na’asan (38) with a bullet that entered his lower back, hit the lungs and then exited from the chest.

As a result, Hamdi fell on the ground and was taken immediately via an ambulance belonging to the Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS) to Palestine Medical Complex in Ramallah, where his death was declared soon after his arrival, due to arriving in a very critical condition.

Following that, the Israeli forces moved into the village to provide protection for the Israeli paramilitary settlers and opened fire at the Palestinian protesters.  As a result, 22 civilians were wounded with bullets; 8 of them were taken to the Palestine Medical Complex, 6 were taken to the Istishari Arab Hospital in al-Rihan Suburb, north of Ramallah, and 8 were taken to the medical center in nearby Termes’aya village. At least one of the civilians shot by the soldiers was critically injured, a number of the others were moderately wounded.

One of the wounded Palestinians was shot with a live round in his mouth, before he was rushed to the Istishari hospital, in Ramallah, in a moderate-but-stable condition.

The Palestinian Health Ministry noted that Hamdi was shot with a live round in his back, and the bullet was logged in the upper abdomen.

When the colonist paramilitary settlers attempted to invade the village, dozens of Palestinians, from the nearby Abu Falah village, rushed to aid the residents of al-Mughayyir, and were also attacked by the soldiers and the colonialist settlers, who fired a barrage of live rounds at them, preventing them from entering the village.

It is worth mentioning that Abu Na’san is a former political prisoner who was imprisoned by Israel for eight years.

Hamdi Nasan and his children

The slain Palestinian man is a married father of four children, the youngest of which was born less than a year ago.

On Saturday at dawn, Israeli police officers shot and killed a  Palestinian man, after the officers opened fire at his car in Bab al-‘Amoud (Damascus Gate) area, in occupied Jerusalem.

The slain Palestinian was identified as Riyad Mohammad Hammad Shamasneh, 37, from Qotna town, northwest of occupied East Jerusalem.

In a statement, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas denounced the seriously escalating violations, carried out by Israeli soldiers and the illegal colonialist settlers, against the unarmed Palestinian civilians, their homes and lands.Ayman Ahmad Hamed

On Friday evening, the soldiers killed a Palestinian teen, identified as Ayman Ahmad Othman Hamed, 17,  from Silwad town, east of the central West Bank city of Ramallah, and wounded another Palestinian, in addition to moderately injuring a young man in ar-Reesan Mountain area, west of Ramallah.

Hamdi was from al-Mughayyir village, east of the central West Bank city of Ramallah. Source: IMEMC

Ali Omar Qeino

January 11, 2018: Ali Omar Nimir Qeino, 16, was killed by an Israeli soldier after the army fired live rounds at Palestinians who intercepted an attack carried out by Israeli colonialist settlers into Iraq-Burin village, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus.

Media sources in Nablus said many armed Israeli colonialist settlers infiltrated into the village and attacked several Palestinians, before locals intercepted them and forced them out.

Israeli soldiers then invaded the village and fired dozens of live rounds, rubber-coated steel bullets, concussion grenades and gas bombs at the Palestinians.

Ali was shot with a live round in the head, before he was rushed to Nablus Specialized Hospital, where he died from his serious head injury. Locals said Qeino was shot by an Israeli army sharp-shooter.

On the same day, the soldiers killed a child, identified as Amir Abdul-Hamid Abu Mosa’ed, 16, with a live round in his chest, and injured three others, east of the al-Boreij refugee camp, in central Gaza.

A day before Ali’s death, Israeli soldiers placed concrete blocks at the western entrance of the town, and installed a military roadblock, close to where he was shot dead. Ali was from Iraq-Burin, south of Nablus. Source: IMEMC

Rami Issa Ismael

January 05, 2018: Rami Issa Khalil Ismael, 38, was killed by an Israeli settler bus driver who ran him over.

Rami died after being rammed by the speeding Israeli colony’s bus, near Bethlehem, in the West Bank, before the soldiers took his body, and returned it to his family five hours later.

The family, from Ertas village, south of Bethlehem, said that the bus driver deliberately rammed their son on Road #60, near the al-Khader town, also south of Bethlehem.

The man was mainly struck in the head, causing many fractures, including to his skull, and splattering his brain onto the road.

An Eyewitness said that he, and other Palestinians, including Rami, were crossing the road when the settlement bus was still at a distance, but then the driver sped towards them, ramming Rami, and killing him.

“We were crossing the road, but when the bus driver saw us, he just sped towards us, and struck Rami, instantly killing him.”

His family said that the soldiers took his corpse, and returned it to them five hours later, before it was moved to Beit Jala governmental hospital.

He is just the latest of a number of Palestinians killed on this road by Israeli settler vehicles, while going from their community to their farmlands, or heading back home.

The Israeli drivers frequently speed up when they see Palestinians on or near the road, often aiming towards them to try to run them down.

Rami, Rami, a married father of one child. was from Ertas village, south of Bethlehem in the southern part of the West Bank. Source: IMEMC

Mahmoud Odeh

November 30, 2017: Mahmoud Za’al Odeh, 46, was killed by an Israeli settler, after a group of settlers attacked Palestinian villagers on their lands, in Qusra village, south of Nablus, in the northern part of the West Bank.

Emad Jamil, a member of Qusra Village Council, said the attack was carried out by approximately 20 settlers who came from the illegal “Yesh Kod” outpost, which was built on private Palestinian lands, and assaulted the Palestinian and his family, before one of them shot Mahmoud.

The settlers also shot another Palestinian identified as Fayez Fathi Hasan, 47, with a live round in his leg.

Jamil added that the bullet exited through the Mahmoud’s chest, before the villagers tried to rescue him and move him to a hospital, but Israeli soldiers stopped them at Za’tara military roadblock for at least 30 minutes, and he bled to death.

Following his death, the soldiers allowed the Palestinians to pass, but again stopped them at Huwwara military roadblock, before taking his body from them, and moving it to their nearby Israeli army base.

After killing the Palestinian, the settlers fled to a nearby cave, and barricaded themselves there, until dozens of soldiers invaded the area, and surrounded the town, before removing them and taking them away.

“The colony where the Israeli assailants reside is nearly 15 kilometers away from the Odeh’s land,” Jamil said, “It is clear they infiltrated the area, close to many Palestinian homes, with one goal in mind, to commit murder – there have been many attacks by colonists in this area, including the burning, cutting and uprooting of trees.”

He also stated that, several years ago, Odeh built a small hut on his 7-Dunam land, and received many threats from the settlers, in addition to being repeatedly assaulted, while working on his land.

Hours after the fatal Israeli attack, dozens of settlers and soldiers invaded Qusra, before the army shot and seriously wounded one Palestinian in his pelvis, and injured many others, while the settlers also smashed the front shield and one of the windows of a Palestinian ambulance, wounding the driver in his eye.

The Palestinian Red Crescent identified the injuries among the Palestinians as:

  • Two were shot with live rounds in the pelvis, and the leg.
  • Two were shot with rubber-coated steel bullets.
  • Two were assaulted and beaten by soldiers and settlers.
  • One ambulance driver wounded in his eye.
  • Scores of Palestinians suffered the effects of teargas inhalation.


Mahmoud was from Qusra village, near Nablus. Source: IMEMC

Mo’taz Shamsa

May 18, 2017: Mo’taz Hussein Bani Shamsa, 23, was killed by a live round fired by an Israeli settler in Huwwara Palestinian town, south of Nablus, in the northern part of the West Bank, during a procession in solidarity with Palestinian political prisoners holding hunger strike since April 17th.

The settler also shot a Palestinian cameraman, identified as Majdi Eshteyya, causing moderate wounds, and mildly injured three Palestinians after ramming them with his car.

The death of the Palestinian led to clashes between dozens of local youth and Israeli soldiers, who also closed Huwwara road.

Israeli soldiers fired gas bombs, causing many Palestinians to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation, two of them, including a man, 49, were hospitalized.

Some Israeli media agencies claimed that the settler “survived a lynching,” and quoted him alleging he opened fire on the protesters, after “he felt that his life was in danger,” also quoting his wife alleging he “was forced to shoot.”

In a Press Release, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights denounced the killing of the Palestinian civilian, and said that its investigations revealed that the settler passed several cars with high speed and attempted to run over some protesters.

It added that a Palestinian ambulance driver then stopped the settler, who instantly took his gun out and started shooting at the protesters, hitting Mo’taz in the head.

The settler is from the illegal Jewish-only Itamar settlement, built on confiscated Palestinian land southeast of Nablus. The Israeli Police said he was taken in for questioning, and confirmed that he is not a “criminal suspect.” Mo’taz was from Beita town, east of Nablus.  Source: IMEMC

Ali Dawabsha

July 31, 2015:  Ali Saad Dawabsha, 18 months old, was burned to death after right-wing Israelis firebombed his family’s home. His mother, father, and four-year-old brother, were severely burned, and both of his parents later died of their wounds.

The attack took place at about 2:30 in the morning, in the village of Douma, in the northern part of the West Bank near the city of Nablus.

The Israeli attackers arrived in the dead of night in the village, and began by spray-painting hate slogans against Palestinians on the Dawabsha family home. They then broke a window and threw a firebomb inside, setting off the fire that killed the baby.

The graffiti, written in Hebrew, included the phrase ‘price tag’, which is a slogan used by right-wing Israeli extremists against Palestinians – the reference being that continued Palestinian existence in the Israeli-occupied West Bank would exact a price from the Israeli colonizers.

Ali’s father Sa’ad Dawabsha, and his mother Reham, 37, were also burned to death. Ali’s older brother, Ahmad, four years of age, suffered third degree burns all over his body but survived the attack.

In May 2020, nearly five years after the attack, one of the Israeli attackers was convicted of murder. The other attackers were not convicted, and still walk free.

Israel’s Lod District Court convicted Israeli settler, Amiram Ben-Uliel for his involvement in the arson attack that resulted in the death of 18-month-old Ali Dawabsha.

Ben-Uliel was involved in the 2015  attack that killed the infant and severely burned his older brother Ahmad and both his parents, Reham and Sa’ad when the settler, with others, threw flaming Molotov cocktails into the family bedroom.

The Dawabsha family was from Douma village near Nablus. Source: IMEMC