WEST BANK (Dispatches) – A 15-year-old Palestinian was killed by the Zionist regime’s gunfire in the occupied West Bank on Tuesday as the regime’s troops stormed a refugee camp near Nablus.
The Palestinian health ministry said Imad Khaled Saleh Hashash died after sustaining a gunshot wound to the head in the Balata refugee camp.
The regime’s army claimed it conducted an overnight operation in the camp to apprehend “a suspect”.
“During the mission, live ammunition was fired at troops from rooftops. The troops responded with fire towards the sources of the shooting,” it said in a statement.
Gaza-based resistance movement Hamas issued a statement to mourn the death of Hashash, reported Palestinian media. Hamas also commended Palestinians at Balata camp for standing up to the occupying troops during the raid.
“The rising resistance against the Zionist occupation in various regions of the West Bank and occupied al-Quds is the best and most effective option to confront the occupation and its crimes and stop its plans. The blood of the heroic martyrs will light the way for all revolutionaries to move forward toward the path of Jihad and resistance, sweeping the occupation and its settlers,” the movement said.
It also called on the Palestinian Authority to end so-called security coordination with the Tel Aviv regime.
The Zionist regime frequently carries out wide-ranging arrest campaigns across the West Bank under the pretext of searching for “wanted” Palestinians.
The regime has been criticized for its extensive use of lethal force against and extrajudicial killing of Palestinians who do not pose an immediate threat to the occupation forces.