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Palestinian killed in Jenin refugee camp in early morning raid, two others shot

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Majd Mohammed Anis Lahlouh, right. (Photo: Al Quds)

One Palestinian has been killed and two others injured in a raid by Israeli forces in Jenin refugee camp early Tuesday morning. Two of the three were hit with dumdum bullets, according to Palestinian news agencies. A dumdum is a metal slug that expands upon impact in order to widen a wound.

Majd Mohammad Anis Lahlouh, 22, died after an expanding bullet was shot into his heart, said Jenin hosptial’s Dr. Khalil Suleiman to Al Quds newspaper. He was pronounced dead while in transfer to the medical facility.

The two others wounded, Karim Sbeih and Alah Abu Khalifa, were shot in the bladder and in chest. The latter was also reportedly hit with a dumdum.

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Majd Mohammed Anis Lahlouh. (Photo: Ali Samoudi/Al Quds)

Lahlouh was struck by soldiers when near a UNRWA press center in the camp. Witnesses told Ma’an News Agency  clashes had already started, with the raid beginning around 3 am when soldiers searched the home of Islamic Jihad leader Bassam Saadi. Some time after Lahlouh was shot from a distance of 15 to 20 meters through his side, with the bullet exiting from his chest after piercing and exploding in his heart.

Israeli raids are a common occurance in Palestinian refugee camps, nightly even. The PLO Negotiations Affairs Department posts daily reports from a monitoring group that logs each incursion, home demolition, checkpoint closure, and injury and death. Yesterday’s posting indicates there were four raids in the Jenin district and one in the refugee camp where Lahlouh and the others were shot. In Ma’an’s report, witnesses also mentioned the previous night’s raid, highlighting the fact that two Israeli Special Forces units were seen driving in the camp in vehicles with green Palestinian license plates.

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  1. just
    August 20, 2013, 5:03 pm

    Murder of a refugee under Occupation. Horrible wounding of refugees under Occupation. These dumdums were aimed at vital organs and were meant to murder.

    dumdum– something that sounds so ‘innocent’ is meant to kill with vengeance. Where is any ‘outrage’? C’mon Kerry– speak up and out. Forget the platitudes for once.

    Zombies have nothing on the monsters in the IOF.

  2. August 21, 2013, 8:37 am

    The IDF published footage Tuesday of an alleged Palestinian terrorist’s arrest, which took place in the West Bank city of Jenin before dawn and resulted in the death of a 22-year-old demonstrator. The grainy video appears to show bullets being fired at the Israeli soldiers prior to the shooting of Muhammad Anis, providing support to the IDF’s claim that the soldiers were threatened and, consequently, returned fire.

    The gunfire that killed Anis is not seen in the video, which was shot by an IDF spokesperson combat soldier who took part in the operation. Two IDF soldiers were injured in the incident

    • just
      August 21, 2013, 6:19 pm

      “Israeli forces raided the Jenin camp at 3 a.m. and broke into the home of Islamic Jihad leader Bassam al-Saedi.

      Clashes broke out with camp residents, who threw empty bottles and stones at Israeli soldiers, who responded with live fire, tear gas and rubber-coated steel bullets.

      The body of Majd Mohammad Anis Lahlouh was transferred to Jenin hospital.

      Israeli forces deployed in large numbers around the camp following the shootings, locals said.

      An Israeli army spokesman said that Israeli forces entered the camp to detain a suspect in “terrorist activities.”

      “Shots were fired at the forces, and improvised explosives and rocks were hurled at personnel, lightly injuring two soldiers. Troops responded with live fire to eliminate the threat, initial reports show one Palestinian was killed and two injured,” he added.”

      Can anyone say disproportionate force? How about the deliberate & brutal murder and attempted murders of refugees under Occupation?

    • Shingo
      August 22, 2013, 11:34 pm

      The IDF published footage Tuesday of an alleged Palestinian terrorist’s arrest…

      Yeah, just like they did with the shooting of a 17-year-old Palestinian (Muhammad al-Salameh) at the checkpoint in Hebron, which turned out to be selectively edited to look like the youth had attacked the guards.

      Later footage revealed that the had been shot three time after he had already retreated from the officer he had been fighting with when the first shot was fired.

  3. ritzl
    August 21, 2013, 10:26 am

    It’s hard to get to the center of the disgust with events like this.

    “Dum-dums” are only used where there is an objective to kill. Snipers for example. Or home invasion stopping power. They are not used in crowd control or battle because the intent is not to kill necessarily (hence the jacketed rounds).

    So two things, probably related. Israel uses them for crowd control, signalling an intent to kill people they ostensibly seek to arrest (or people/family around people they ostensibly seek to arrest) and/or at the individual level, it’s easy to nip the tip of a jacketed round and dig a little hole. Same effect as a manufactured round. Same objective. Policy or personal, it’s all pretty ghoulish.

    So here’s another crime to add to the long and growing list of the uninvestigated or soon-to-be uninvestigated.

    Area A, btw, and where’s the PA? One state it is (i.e. there’s more to this story, as there invariably is).

    Thanks Allison.

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