A two-year-old Palestinian boy has died four days after being shot in the head by Israeli soldiers. Mohammed Tamimi is the youngest Palestinian killed in the Israeli aggression this year.
Tamimi and his father were shot while leaving their home in Nabi Saleh, in the occupied West Bank.
Two-year-old Mohammad Haitham Ibrahim Tamimi died around 2 pm today after Israeli forces shot him in the head with live ammunition on June 1 in Nabi Saleh, northwest of Ramallah in the occupied West Bank. He is the 20th Palestinian child shot and killed by Israeli forces in 2023. pic.twitter.com/xWnwt1mSKk— Defense for Children (@DCIPalestine) June 5, 2023
The pair were in their parked car outside their home in Nabi Saleh village when they were targeted.
Palestinian activist and journalist Bilal Tamimi – who was also injured – said that the Israeli forces were waiting to ambush the car at the entrance to Nabi Saleh and opened fire as it approached. As soon as the car moved, Israeli soldiers shot at them.
Tamimi was taken by an Israeli military helicopter to Safra Children’s Hospital in Israel to be treated for head injuries, but did not recover. His father, Haitham, has now been discharged from a Palestinian hospital.
Meanwhile, the Israeli military admitted to shooting the toddler and his father, saying they mistook them for Palestinian fighters.
Israeli forces and settlers have killed at least 119 Palestinians in the West Bank and East Jerusalem this year and a further 34 in the Gaza Strip. At least 25 children have been killed overall.