Ibrahim Sanakreh, 14, was apparently attempting to rescue his brother,
Ahmed Sanakreh, 28, who had been shot and injured near Martyr's
cemetery in Balata refugee camp, when he was shot and killed by an
Israeli forces had invaded the refugee camp, located near Nablus in the northern West Bank, around ten pm Thursday night. Local sources reported that the Israeli Special Forces and paratroopers attacked from all sides of the refugee camp, and broke into a number of homes, occupying them and turning the rooftops into sniper posts.
Ahmed Sanakreh, the older brother of the killed boy, is accused by Israel of being a member of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, the armed wing of the Fateh party.
Israeli military spokesmen claim that their snipers fired at Palestinians who they claimed were engaging in 'suspicious activity'. Their forces later found wires and equipment somewhere near the scene of the killing, which they claim was an attempt to make a 'car bomb' to foil Israeli forces as they invaded the camp.
The sniper who shot the child was stationed in the home of Mohamed Rashid 'Anab, 33; one of the homes that had been occupied by the invading Israeli forces. The soldiers forced the family members into one room while they took over the family's home, and abducted Mohamed 'Anab, taking him as a prisoner when they finally retreated from the home after killing the child.