Israeli occupation forces have shot a Palestinian photojournalist while covering the bombing of a Palestinian-owned house during an Israeli military raid in the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah, Thursday, June 8.
Israeli troops wounded Palestinian photojournalist Momen Samreen with a rubber bullet in his head despite wearing press attire while he was covering an Israeli military incursion on Ramallah, as they blew up the four-story house of Palestinian detainee Islam Froukh, displacing its residents. Samreen was transferred to the hospital in serious condition.
During the same operation, another journalist, Rabie Munir, has been also reportedly wounded in the abdomen by Israeli rubber bullets.
Israeli soldiers reportedly fired rubber-coated bullets and tear gas bombs at Palestinians, leading to the confrontations between Palestinian youth and the forces.
During the raid, Israeli toops have wounded six Palestinians, including three injuries with live bullets, the Palestinian health ministry said.
Over the past months, Israel has ramped up attacks on the occupied West Bank towns and cities as well as Jerusalem, as a result of which dozens of Palestinians have been murdered and many others have been detained.
Israeli raids have been mostly carried out in the West Bank cities of Jenin and Nablus, where Israeli forces have been trying to suppress a growing Palestinian resistance against occupation.
The Israeli occupation systematically demolishes Palestinian houses under the pretext of building without permits, which are almost impossible for Palestinians to obtain. Subsequently, Israeli settlements are built and Israeli colonizers live on Palestinians’ lands.
Over 600,000 Israeli settlers live in over 230 settlements built since 1967, which are illegal under international law.
The Special Representative of the European Union for Human Rights, Eamonn Gilmour, stressed today, Thursday, that Israeli settlements, Palestinian home demolitions, and forced displacement of Palestinians are totally illegal.