Ramallah, occupied West Bank – The Israeli army killed a Palestinian as he stood on the roof of his house during a raid on a refugee camp in occupied East Jerusalem, Palestinian officials say.
Sameer Aslan, 41, was pronounced dead at dawn on Thursday by the Palestinian Health Ministry, which said he had been shot in the chest in the Qalandiya refugee camp.
Officials told Al Jazeera that Aslan, a father of eight, was shot dead by an Israeli sniper as he stood with other family members on the roof of their home watching the raid.
He was killed about 10 minutes after his 17-year-old son, Ramzi, was arrested by the Israeli army at his home.
After the arrest, “the whole family went up to the roof to see what was happening when they heard loud screams and one of their other sons was injured,” said Zakariya Fayyaleh, an official with the Palestinian Authority, which runs the camp. AlJazeera.
“Sameer, his wife, three of the daughters and several of the sons were on the roof when an Israeli sniper fired into the family and shot Sameer directly in the chest,” he continued.
“His sons carried him and tried to take him to the hospital. A large armed force stopped them and put Sameer on the ground. They left him bleeding on the ground for a while before leaving him to us. resume – he died on arrival at the hospital,” Fayyaleh continued.
Videos shared by residents and local media, verified by Al Jazeera, show Aslan lying on the ground surrounded by Israeli soldiers.
“Sameer was one of my closest friends, I had a brotherly relationship with him,” Fayyaleh said, adding that Aslan worked in a butcher shop in the town of al-Ram.
The official added that the manner in which the Israeli army attacked the Qalandiya refugee camp was “unprecedented”, describing it as a “frenzied and ferocious attack”.
“It’s the first time they’ve attacked the camp like this – the size of the force, the number of houses they’ve attacked. They destroyed people’s property – they even assaulted women,” he continued, adding that snipers were positioning themselves on the roofs.
Israeli forces arrested at least 18 people from the camp during the raid, according to Fayyaleh and the Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS).
The raid began around 0300 local time (0000 GMT) and included dozens of armored vehicles and special forces. Clashes with the young stone throwers broke out.
The Israeli army said in a statement that the raid on the camp was part of his “Break the Wave” campaign. He said that during the raid “suspects threw rocks and blocks of cement from the roofs of houses at the forces in a way that endangered the lives of the fighters, who responded by breaking up the protests and shooting”, adding that “an injury has been detected”, without confirming the death.
The Qalandiya area falls under the governorate of Jerusalem, but it was separated from the city by the Israeli separation wall, construction of which began in 2002.
The refugee camp, built in 1949, now lies in East Jerusalem and Area C, under full Israeli military control.
Aslan is the seventh Palestinian to be killed by the Israeli army since the start of 2023, including three children. He is also the third Palestinian killed in less than 24 hours.
On Wednesday evening, Israeli forces killed 18-year-old Sanad Samamreh after he allegedly carried out a stabbing attack in the city of Hebron in the southern occupied West Bank.
Earlier in the day, the army shot and killed Ahmad Abu Junaid, 21, during a raid on Balata refugee camp in the northern West Bank city of Nablus.
The developments are the result of an ongoing Israeli military campaign of intensified raids and killings that lasted nearly a year.
On Thursday morning, the Israeli army attacked the city of Nablus, including the old town. At least seven Palestinians were injured by Israeli live ammunition, according to the Ministry of Health.
The United Nations has declared 2022 the deadliest year for Palestinians in the West Bank since 2006.
More than 30 children were among the dead last year and at least 9,000 other Palestinians were injured.
Israeli forces have killed civilians facing them in raids, uninvolved bystanders, as well as Palestinian fighters in targeted killings and armed clashes.