Army Opens Fire on Two Palestinians at Jenin’s Checkpoint, Kills One

JENIN, October 31, 2015 (WAFA) – A young Palestinian Saturday was shot and left to bleed to death by Israeli army soldiers as he attempted to cross through al-Jalama Israeli military checkpoint to the northeast of Jenin, according to medical sources.

Head of the Palestinian Red Crescent in Jenin, Mahmoud al-Sa’adi, informed WAFA that forces opened fire at Mahmoud Nazzal, 18, along with another Palestinian he was with, seriously injuring them. Forces prevented paramedics from providing them with first aid.

Forces reportedly left Mahmoud bleeding on the ground before they pulled him inside the checkpoint’s gate, where he was declared dead about an hour later. The other Palestinian, whose identity, fate,  and medical condition remain unknown until the moment, was taken to an unknown destination.

Security sources told WAFA that forces, following the shooting of Mahmoud, closed the checkpoint from both directions, denying all Palestinian vehicles’ access through it. As a result, Palestinians from the occupied West Bank and those living in Israel will be denied access to Israel and the West Bank, respectively.

Meanwhile, Mahmoud’s father, Nazzal, was reported as accusing the forces of  ‘executing his son’.

On Friday, two Palestinians were gunned down by Israeli forces for alleged stabbing attempts in Jerusalem as well as at Za‘tara checkpoint, south of Nablus.  An eight-month-old Palestinian toddler also died due to excessive tear gas suffocation in the Bethlehem village of Beit Fajjar.

On October 24,  16-year-old Ahmad Kmail was shot dead with at least five live bullets by Israeli army soldiers stationed at al-Jalama Israeli-run military checkpoint to the north of Jenin, after he allegedly attempted to stab one of the Israeli soldiers.

An official at the Palestinian Red Crescent, identified as Mahmoud al-Sa’adi informed WAFA that forces prevented their ambulances – that rushed to the scene – from accessing the site, and were seen taking the injured man away.  The teenager was later confirmed dead.