Palestine: Palestinian girl killed by Israel army fire

8th Aug 2020
Palestine: Palestinian girl killed by Israel army fire

By Qais Abu Samra and Zeynep Hilal Karyagdi

 

JENIN/GAZA, Palestine (AA): A Palestinian girl on Friday succumbed to her wounds she sustained when she was shot by the Israeli army at her home in Jenin city, north of West Bank.

The Palestinian Health Ministry said in a statement that Dalia Assamoudi, 23, from Jenin “was martyred as a result of being shot by the Israeli army.”

In an earlier statement, the ministry said Assamoudi was in critical condition after undergoing a surgery.

It added that the Israeli bullets damaged the woman’s liver, pancreas, and the Aorta, or main artery, inflicting serious wounds that led to her death despite all attempts to save her life.

Eyewitnesses told Anadolu Agency that she was wounded by random gunfire while she was at her home.

The family of the slain woman said she woke up to feed her hungry newborn, and tried to close a window to prevent the tear-gas from seeping into her home, before she was shot with a live round in the chest.

Hundreds of Palestinians have bid farewell to Assamoudi late Friday.

The girl was buried in a cemetery in the Jenin refugee camp after the body was transferred from Khalil Sulaiman Hospital in the city.

Dozens of Israeli soldiers invaded, on Friday at dawn,  Jenin, and fired many live rounds, gas bombs and concussion grenades at Palestinians protesting the invasion, according to Imemc.org.

Assamoudi was a mother of two children, including a newborn, and the wife of the Imam of the Abdullah Azzam Mosque in Jenin refugee camp.

Hamas and Islamic Jihad movement slammed the incident that killed Assamoudi.

“The martyrdom of Assamoudi by the occupying forces is a new crime committed by the Zionists. It is an act of terrorism in its ugliest form,” Hamas spokesman Hazim Qasim said in a written statement.

Martyrdom of the Palestinian woman is a “crime against humanity”, said a statement by Hidir Adnan, one of the leading names of the Islamic Jihad movement.

On Friday morning, an Israeli force broke into Jenin and fired live bullets against Palestinian protesters, with clashes erupting.

The Israeli army has yet to comment on the incident.

The Israeli army usually storms Palestinian towns to arrest Palestinians “wanted” by Israeli security services, and clashes with them.

International law views the West Bank and East Jerusalem as “occupied territories” and considers all Jewish settlement-building activities on the land to be illegal.

* Ahmed Asmar and Zehra Nur Duz contributed to this report from Ankara

[Photo: In another area, Israeli forces attacked Palestinians demonstrating against illegal Jewish settlements and Israel’s annexation plan of Jordan valley, in Kafr Kaddum village of Nablus, West Bank on August 07, 2020. Photographer: Nedal Eshtayah/AA]

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