Jenin (The Inside Palestine)- Palestinian teenager killed by Israeli forces on Sunday was a high school student about to finish his exams and wanted to be a journalist, his family told The New Arab.
Kamel Alawneh, an 18-year-old from the town of Jabaa near Jenin, succumbed to his wounds caused by Israeli forces Sunday at noon.
The director of the Ibn Sina hospital in Jenin city, Dr Jani Abu Joukha, told the Palestinian state news agency Wafa that Kamel Alawneh arrived at the hospital in a critical condition.
“Kamel was concentrating on his high school degree exams, and he was on his way back from Sunday’s exam,” said Mu’taz Naalweh, the victim’s older brother. “He was enthusiastic about getting his degree and planned to sign up at the media and journalism faculty, as he wanted to become a journalist.”
“Kamel was named after his brother, who was killed in a clash with Israeli forces at the same age back in 2003, one year before he was born,” pointed out the victim’s brother. “Our mother is devastated after a second loss.”
“Israeli forces are often stationed at the town’s entrance and provoke the youth into confronting them with stones,” added the brother.
Israeli media quoted the Israeli army claiming that they opened fire after a Palestinian “hurled a Molotov cocktail” at them and that “a hit was identified”.
The Israelis further claimed that the circumstances of the killing “are being identified”.
Hundreds of Palestinians took part in the burial of Kamel Alawneh in Jabaa Sunday afternoon, amidst gunfire in the air, chants of anger, and flags being waved.
Kamel Alawneh is the second Palestinian teenager to be killed by Israeli forces in the West Bank in less than 10 days. On June 24, Israeli forces shot and killed 16-year-old Mohammad Hammad outside the town of Silwad, northeast of Ramallah.
Israeli forces have killed 77 Palestinians since the beginning of the year, according to a report released on Sunday by the ‘Palestinian Martyrs’ Families Association’, of whom (28) were killed in the Jenin region alone, including Palestinian journalist Shireen Abu Akleh.
Source: The New Arab