Ramallah /PNN /
Three-year-old Mohammad Haytham Tamimi, who was injured on Friday by Israeli army gunfire in Nabi Saleh village, near Ramallah, and who was getting treatment since then at an Israeli hospital, died today of his wounds, according to his family.
The toddler was with his father and mother in their car when a bullet fired by soldiers hit the boy’s head before also injuring the father in his shoulder.
The boy was rushed to a hospital in Israel, where he remained on life support until he was pronounced dead, while the father was taken to a hospital in Ramallah.
Tamimi's body will be transferred later on today to Ramallah and he will be buried tomorrow in his village.
A total of 28 children have been killed by Israeli army gunfire since the start of the year, including seven in the Gaza Strip.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates condemned in a statement issued today the killing of a Palestinian toddler at the hands of Israeli soldiers in the village of Nabi Saleh, near Ramallah, slamming it as a heinous crime and a crime against humanity.
The ministry called for a prompt international investigation into the killing of the toddler, who was identified as three-year-old Mohammad Haytham Tamimi, and into other crimes against Palestinian children.
The foreign ministry also called on the International Criminal Court and the International Commission of Inquiry to shoulder their responsibilities in this regard, especially since any internal Israeli investigations are informal and lack merit.
The ministry slammed what it described as Israel’s informal investigation as mere attempts to mislead the world and international courts, which often end with acquitting the assassin and obscuring the truth.
Tamimi was shot in the head by Israeli soldiers and critically wounded on Thursday when he was in his family car outside their home. He was taken to an Israeli hospital where he was pronounced dead today.
The killing of Tamimi brings the total number of Palestinian children who were killed by Israeli forces since the beginning of this year to 28.