Palestinian Killed by IDF in West Bank Refugee Camp

Clashes between IDF soldiers, stone-throwing Palestinians erupted during arrest mission in Deheisheh refugee camp near Bethlehem.

Olivier Fitoussi

Israel Defense Forces soldiers killed a Palestinian man late Monday, in a refugee camp outside of Bethlehem.

According to IDF sources, soldiers entered the Deheisheh refugee camp near Bethlehem. Clashes erupted with Palestinians throwing stones and bricks at the troops, One IDF soldier sustained a light head wound and was taken for treatment. The soldiers opened fire, and one Palestinian was hit, then taken to receive treatment.

According to Palestinian doctors, the 19-year-old victim, identified as Jihad Shehadi el-Jaafari. A was hit by one bullet in his chest, and taken to local clinic where he died shortly after from loss of blood. Palestinian sources said that the clashes broke out as IDF soldiers entered the camp on an arrest mission. One witness stated that Aljaferi was on the roof of his home looking down at the soldiers during the clash.

The Deheisheh camp was established in 1949 by the Jordanian governmen on land leased to the United Nations. Pope Francis visited there during his trip to Israel and the Palestinian territories in 2014.