Palestinian killed by Israeli troops during funeral of boy shot by IDF
Shawkat Khalil Awad was shot during clashes that erupted between Palestinian mourners and Israeli troops.
HAZEM BADER/AFP via Getty Images
July 30, 2021
A Palestinian man was fatally shot by Israeli forces on Thursday amid clashes that erupted during the funeral of an 11-year-old boy killed by soldiers days earlier, the Palestinian Ministry of Health said.
Palestinian health officials said Shawkat Khalil Awad, 20, sustained gunshot wounds in the head and stomach during confrontations with Israeli soldiers that broke out during the boy’s funeral in the West Bank town of Beit Ummar near Hebron. The Palestinian Red Crescent said Thursday that 12 other Palestinians were also wounded.
The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said Palestinians were throwing rocks at the troops, who responded with tear gas, rubber bullets and Ruger bullets to disperse the “extremely violent riots.” Soldiers also fired live bullets into the air, an army statement said.
The Times of Israel reported that the violence forced the Palestinians mourners to put the boy’s funeral on hold
and that an “an improvised, provisional burial” was held later that day.
Mohammad Allamy, 12, died on Wednesday evening after being struck in the chest near Beit Ummar. He was evacuated in critical condition to a hospital in Hebron, where he later died of his gunshot wounds.
Local media outlets quoted Allamy’s father, Muayyad, who said Allamy and his two siblings were in his car on their way to buy groceries when Israeli soldiers fired on them as he was doing a U-turn.
In a statement, the IDF said that senior officials and military police were investigating the child’s death.
The army said troops were pursuing a vehicle after its passengers were seen burying the body of a newborn baby near an Israeli military post close to the town’s entrance. Shortly after, IDF troops spotted a vehicle approaching and concluded it was the same car.
“The soldiers initiated the suspect arrest procedure, which included calls [in their direction] and shooting in the air. When the vehicle did not stop, one of the soldiers fired at the wheels of the vehicle in order to stop it,” read the statement.
The IDF said that troops shot only at the wheels of the car, but the Jerusalem Post reported that several bullet holes were discovered in the back and side of Allamy’s car.
MORE FROM AL-MONITOR STAFF
Did whales originate in Egyptian waters?
Muhammed Magdy | Culture | Aug 31, 2021
Is Moscow using the S-400 against Turkey?
Semih Idiz | Turkey | Sep 3, 2021
Iraqi Kurdish leader helps ease Turkey-UAE tensions
Amberin Zaman | Turkey | Aug 31, 2021
Boxed in: Bennett, Abbas can’t win despite ‘goodwill gestures’
Week in Review | Israel | Sep 3, 2021
What Erdogan missed in skipping Baghdad conference
Fehim Tastekin | Turkey | Sep 2, 2021
Hamas says recaptured jailbreakers must be part of swap deal
A correspondent in Gaza | Palestine | Sep 22, 2021
Dutch court to hear Palestinian's civil case against Israeli commanders
Al-Monitor Staff | News Brief | Sep 21, 2021
West Bank city of Jenin roils as Israel prepares for possible escalation
Ahmad Melhem | Palestine | Sep 21, 2021
Elderly Palestinian resists Israel’s settlement ambitions
Zuheir Dolah | Palestine | Sep 16, 2021
Vivian Salama previews the Biden administration’s Middle East priorities at the UN General Assembly
Dana Weiss: Bennett’s government here to stay
Europe, West threatened by atmospheric Jihadism and the entrepreneurs of wrath, says Gilles Kepel
Michael Oren: Israel must build case legitimizing possible action against Iran
Iraqis fear worse chaos amid waning US presence, says Bilal Wahab
© 2021 Al-Monitor, LLC. All rights reserved.