Abdullah Nasser Atwa Abu Mdeif, aged 10 or 13 based on different reports (former seems more likely based on photographs) was hit by a bullet in his back on evening of Wednesday October 12th in besieged Gaza and died of his wounds in hospital.
The incident happened in Khan Younis’ al-Qarara while Abdullah Mdeif was sleeping in a shack near the ruins of his family home destroyed by Israel’s occupation forces in its attack on Gaza Strip in 2014.
Palestinian sources claim that Israeli occupation forces at Kissufim military outpost were randomly shooting over the border from a tower and one of the bullets hit Mdeif.
Israeli occupation denies this, coming up with a perhaps too elaborate a story compared to what the occupation logically could know, claiming that Mdeif was hit by a bullet fired during the celebration of a wedding, when people would have been firing up in the air.
We have often noticed that Israeli occupation has this tendency to spin ‘too good’ excuses. The occupation could certainly observe celebratory gunfire, but it could hardly know the reason for it – and being so close to the border, it’s likely that the occupation would ‘answer’ even to a gunfire it would deduct to be celebratory.
This, and the regularity of Israeli occupation firing over the border (on most days of the week) make the Palestinian sources more likely to be reliable. So we believe that Israel’s occupation forces killed the child Abdullah Mdeif.
Earlier during Wednesday Israel’s occupation forces were reported of being firing towards farmers also in the area of Khan Younis.
Abdullah’s last name is also written in English as Medhyef and Methyef.
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