Palestinian teenager killed by the Israeli military near Budrus

Wa Samir Awad
Palestinians mourn Samir Awad, 16, killed after the Israeli Defense Forces shot him three times. (Photo: Wattan News)

A Palestinian teenager was shot repeatedly and killed by the Israeli military this morning near the West Bank village of Budrus. The details are still a little fuzzy; some new outlets are reporting Awad was shot four times, others three. There is also a discrepancy over his age as either 16 or 17. The Popular Struggle Coordination Committee (PSCC) said in a press release that Awad was shot while walking near clashes between Palestinians and the military.

From the PSCC:

Tuesday, 15 January 2013
Army Shoots Dead 16 Year Old Palestinian in Budrus

Sameer Awwad (16) was shot today with 3 live bullets at the West Bank village of Budrus, west of Ramallah. Awwad is the fourth to be killed near the Barrier in five days.

This morning, while children were clearing out of their classes in the village of Budrus, Israeli soldiers who convened by the Barrier near the school shot and killed 16 year-old Sameer Awwad.

According to eyewitnesses, Sameer was walking away from light clashes that had erupted by the Barrier when he was shot from the back with three bullets, from a distance of about 100 meters. One bullet hit his leg, another at the back of his neck and exited near his eyebrow, and the third entered his rib cage and exited from his chest.

Yet the Jewish Press reported the IDF Spokesperson said there were no clashes and that soldiers killed the youth while he was attempting to enter Israel outside of a military crossing:

Initial reports incorrectly stated that there was a physical confrontation between Palestinians and the IDF soldiers in the village of Burdos, near the security fence.

The IDF spokesman finally released a statement that an IDF unit protecting the security fence, saw an attempt to breach the security fence near Burdos, and the unit attempted to stop the infiltrator, and shot him.

Shortly after shots were fired Wattan News was on site and filmed an emergency medical team trying to resuscitate Awad in a hospital in Ramallah, reporting he was shot three times: in the head, chest and leg. Warning the footage is extremely graphic.

The Jerusalem Post also picked up the story, indicating just a few days ago another Palestinian was killed by Israeli forces while crossing the 1967 border in order to go to work:

The IDF opened fire on a Palestinian youth who it said attempted to cross into Israel from the West Bank on Tuesday morning. The youth later died at a Ramallah hospital.

The IDF Spokesman’s Office said the man had tried to breach the security fence at Budrus, which is northwest of Ramallah, adding that the man ignored orders from soldiers to stop and warning shots fired in the air.

Palestinian sources reported that 16-year-old Samir Awad of Budrus was killed after being shot four times by IDF troops.

On Saturday, IDF troops opened fire at and killed a Palestinian man the army said was attempting to enter Israel from the southern West Bank in the south Hebron hills.
 

Awad’s funeral will take place this afternoon in Budrus at 3 p.m. Jerusalem time.
 

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  1. Avi_G. says:

    Yet the Jewish Press reported the IDF Spokesperson said there were no clashes and that soldiers killed the youth while he was attempting to enter Israel outside of a military crossing:

    So what else is new? The ILF (Israeli Lying Force) is trying to cover up the fact that it fires live ammunition at unarmed Palestinian civilians?

    Why didn’t the ILF plant a plastic gun on the victim this time?

    while he was attempting to enter Israel

    So attempting to “enter Israel” is a good enough reason to kill someone (Provided he/she is not Jewish) by shooting him in the back.

    But if the ILF defines “entering Israel” as crossing the 1967 line, then is the ILF admitting that Israeli colonists are living illegally on land that does not belong to them?

    Oh the contradictions of Israeli propaganda, so many, so deep.

    • ToivoS says:

      So what else is new?

      I recall reading something in the past few years that between 1948 and 1955 or so the Israeli border police killed 2,500 hundred Palestinians that were trying to cross the green line and return to their homes. I found this shocking. Is that information correct?

      • Avi_G. says:

        Before 1967, the 1949 ceasefire line served as a border between Jordan and the Zionist entity. Many Palestinians attempted to return to their homes after the expulsions of 1947-1949. There were also attempts from the Lebanese side of the border as many Palestinians were previously expelled from Haifa, Acre, Safad, and smaller towns in the Galilee.

        Upon returning, however, they were often shot on sight. I’m not aware of any statistical data on the subject, but the prevalence of such incidents was high. And they didn’t stop after 1955. Palestinian refugees were until 1967 attempting to return to their homes.

        In Israeli parlance, by the way, those returning Palestinians were called “infiltrators”. It’s Orwellian, I know.

    • Hostage says:

      But if the ILF defines “entering Israel” as crossing the 1967 line, then is the ILF admitting that Israeli colonists are living illegally on land that does not belong to them?

      That would open the door to the suggestion that when Palestinian police shot and killed Minister Limor Livnat’s nephew in the Joseph’s Tomb incursion incident, Breslov shouldn’t have subsequently been recognized officially as a “terror victim”, because all concerned admitted that he entered the West Bank site without permission. link to haaretz.com

  2. Manasseh says:

    Again this proves that the only difference between Zionism and Terrorism is the address where they reside and strike from.
    Zionism from rich countries (Israel, USA, and some EU capitals) while Terrorism from poor third word countries (Yemen. Afeganistan, Somalia, Mali and others).

  3. it’s excruciating how they kill these youth. excruciating. i want to scream. and always the excuses. Mohammed Salayme was also walking away. this is gruesome. it’s horrendous.

    • Boston says:

      It is a tragedy what the Zionists havc done to their own children — they so frequently and apparently without regret take the lives of other children

  4. Accentitude says:

    It’s safe to say that the IDF were hunting children for sport. Why else would they converge near a school just as its letting out….and then shot this kid while his back was turned, not once, not twice, but three times? After the second bullet entered his neck and exited his face, it’s safe to say he would’ve been dead. Why the need to go ahead and shoot him again through the back and out the ribs? I bet if these thugs could, they’d display his hide on a wall too or take pictures with their new trophy.