Qutaiba Zahran (17) killed by IOF on Zaatara checkpoint, northern West Bank, 19 August 2017

17-year-old Palestinian shot dead by IOF on Zaatara checkpoint

PNN/ Tulkarem/

Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) on Saturday shot and killed a 17-year-old Qutaiba Zahran from Illar village in the Tulkarem, northern West Bank, under the pretext of a stabbing attempt.

IOF claimed that Zahran tried to stab the soldiers at Za’tara checkpoint. IOF initially claimed that a soldier was wounded in the attack, however this was later rescinded.

According to IMEMC, a soldier was injured in the incident, but it was from the flurry of bullets fired by the Israeli guards toward the 17-year old, not from the boy himself. In their rush to shoot the boy dead, the guards ended up shooting one of their fellow border guards in the leg. He was treated immediately by Magen David medics.

Meanwhile, Zahran was critically wounded and left to bleed to death on the ground.

Following the killing of Zahran, Israeli forces closed the Zaatara checkpoint for most of the day, preventing Palestinians from crossing in either direction.

In addition, Israeli soldiers invaded Zahran’s village, Illar, and arrested his brother Tareq, and took him to an interrogation center. He is being held without charges, and without any opportunity to speak to a lawyer.