Seven-year-old Boy Shot Dead Amid Family Feud in East Jerusalem

Sources in the Shoafat refugee camp say Yusef Al-Khalabi was in his home at the time of the shooting, and that his family was uninvolved in the feud

Nir Hasson
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The Shoafat border crossing
The Shoafat border crossingCredit: Amikam Sari
Nir Hasson

A seven-year-old boy was killed Saturday evening and a woman was moderately wounded by stray fire when a gunfight between two families broke out in the Shoafat refugee camp in East Jerusalem.

According to Palestinian sources in Shoafat, the boy, Yusef Al-Khalabi was shot while he was in his home.

The sources added that the Al-Khalibi family was unrelated to the disagreement and were accidentally caught in the crossfire. The Red Crescent took Al-Khalibi to the Shoafat border crossing while administering CPR. Medics with Magen David Adam joined the Red Crescent staff in their attempts to revive him, but ultimately were forced to declare his death.

In the last year, two other children have died from gun violence in East Jerusalem. In August, four-year-old Haneen Zaloum,  from Silwan, was hit in the head by a stray bullet while playing in the front yard of her home. In May, four-year-old Rafif Mohammad Karain from Isawiyah died under similar circumstances. In an additional incident, also last August, nine-year-old Jihad Jaber was shot and wounded in the head.