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Transparency International mourns the killing of its Palestine chapter employee’s son and calls for an immediate ceasefire

Transparency International mourns the death of Ghassan Gharib Zahran, the 13 year old son of Salam Zahran, our colleague from our Palestine chapter, the Coalition for Integrity and Accountability (AMAN). Ghassan was shot and killed yesterday by Israeli forces close to his village, Deir Abu Mishal, near Ramallah in the West Bank of Palestine.

We extend our deepest condolences and sympathies to Salam Zahran, AMAN’s team member for 16 years, and her family. We wish them strength and comfort during this time of profound sorrow.

The killing took place amidst escalating violence in the West Bank area, with a sharp increase in recent weeks in Israeli military operations and demolition works, tearing down essential infrastructure.

Ghassan is one of more than 15,000 children killed in the West Bank and Gaza since 7 October 2023. Over 38,000 Palestinians have been killed during this period, while many of the survivors endure terrible humanitarian conditions, such as lack of basic shelter, food and water.

Transparency International calls for an immediate ceasefire and urgent, meaningful steps toward durable peace. Borders must also be opened to enable extensive humanitarian aid to reach those in desperate need.

Arabic translation available here.

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