A Palestinian prisoner in Israeli jails, Yasser Tarwa from Hebron, has been in a state of unconsciousness since he was shot and arrested by Israeli forces on June 21, according to the Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS).Said WAFA: An attorney with the PPS who was allowed to visit Tarwa at Jerusalem’s Hadasa hospital, where Tarwa is kept under tight Israeli custody, said the latter has still been in a condition of unconsciousness since the date of his arrest. He said the Israeli authorities declined to give him any information regarding Tarwa’s health status.
Tarwa was shot and critically injured by Israeli border guards near Jerusalem’s Nablus main road on June 21 after he reportedly attacked a Border Police officer with a knife. At least seven bullets were shot at him, causing him critical injuries throughout his body.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in a 2014 statement following a similar incident, called upon the international community to immediately intervene to put an end to this policy [of field execution], which violates international law, international humanitarian laws and the Geneva Conventions.
The statement condemned the “Israeli pretences” under which soldiers are authorized to open fire at Palestinians reportedly accused of launching attacks on Israeli targets.
Media reports stated that Israeli forces “has killed 19 Palestinians in the first 81 days of 2014 — an average of one Palestinian every 4.26 days.”
On June 2015, Israeli soldiers murdered a 21-year-old Palestinian from the town of Kafr Malik, east of Ramallah, after shooting him with live bullets and fatally smashing him when their military vehicle flipped over.