Bethlehem – Palestinian teenager Qusay Al-Afandi, a seventeen year-old from Daheisheh refugee camp, died from wounds sustained in clashes between Palestinian youths and Israeli military forces on Monday.
Israeli forces invaded the southern West Bank city of Bethlehem on Monday afternoon in a rare daylight incursion.
Witnesses reported that a number of Israeli military jeeps, bulldozers and armored vehicles entered the area amid gunfire, tear gas and sound grenades. Israeli soldiers blocked a number of roads and broke into Palestinian houses.
The situation turned into a confrontation between Israeli forces and approximately 100 stone-throwing youths in Bethlehem’s Al-madbasa area. Shots were fired by Israeli forces, and five Palestinians have been injured in the clashes
Palestinian medical sources released the details for 1 of the injured and for the deceased. Qusay Afandi was hit by a live round to the stomach and has since died from his injuries. Twenty-one year-old Ibrahim Abdul-Qadir was hit by a live round to the foot.
The target of the incursion was a three-story house in the Wadi Ma’ali neighborhood belonging to Islamic Jihad activist ‘Isa ‘Abda.
Witnesses told Ma’an that the Israeli soldiers evacuated the residents of the house by force. Abda’s father, a hemiplegia sufferer in his seventies, remained in the house because he is bedridden.
Though Abda was not present at the time of the incursion, Israeli forces remained in the area for further investigation.