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Palestinian boy dies after terrorists and IDF trade fire

The toddler was mortally wounded when gunman attacked the community of Neve Tzuf in Samaria.

Israeli soldiers at the entrance to Homesh in Samaria, May 28, 2022. Photo by Nasser Ishtayeh/Flash90.
Israeli soldiers at the entrance to Homesh in Samaria, May 28, 2022. Photo by Nasser Ishtayeh/Flash90.

A Palestinian boy died in an Israeli hospital on Monday after being accidentally wounded by Israeli fire during a terrorist shooting attack on the community of Neve Tzuf (aka Halamish) in Samaria last week.

Mohammad Haytham Tamimi, 2, and his father were hit during the exchange of gunfire on Thursday. The boy’s mother was also reportedly in their car in the village of Nabi Saleh, just to the north of Neve Tzuf in the Binyamin region. 

The boy had a head wound and was evacuated by an IDF helicopter to Sheba Medical Center in Ramat Gan, while the father was wounded in his shoulder and transported by Palestinian medics to a hospital in Ramallah.

According to the Palestinian Authority’s Wafa news agency, the boy’s family said that he died of his wounds after being on life support.

“A preliminary investigation shows that two terrorists fired for several minutes at the settlement. The IDF force identified the shooting and returned fire. It appears that as a result of the force’s shooting, the two Palestinians were injured. The IDF regrets harming those not involved and works to prevent incidents of this type. The incident is being investigated,” the IDF said in a statement following Thursday’s incident. 

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