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Palestinian officials say Israeli forces kill teen in West Bank

By AFP

April 25, 2024 08:37 PM


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Palestinian officials said Israeli forces killed a 16-year-old boy during a raid in the West Bank city of Ramallah early on Thursday.

Israeli police said "hits were identified" when forces responded to stone-throwing with gunfire but did not directly address the allegation.

The Palestinian health ministry said Khaled Raed Arouq was shot in the chest and "martyred by the occupation's live bullets".

Palestinian official news agency Wafa said Arouq died after being "shot by Israeli gunfire" early on Thursday morning.

Israeli forces carry out regular raids on towns and cities in the occupied West Bank and violence has soared in the Palestinian territory since the war in Gaza broke out on October 7.

Wafa said Israeli military vehicles stormed the city and "confrontations broke out between citizens and the occupation forces, who fired live bullets and stun grenades".

It said Israeli forces were stationed in several neighbourhoods and raided a house in Al-Bireh to the northeast.

Israeli police said "terrorists threw stones at the forces operating in the area, the forces responded with gunfire, and hits were identified".

The police said they made several arrests and that Israeli forces did not suffer any casualties.

The army did not immediately respond to AFP's request for comment.

Later on Thursday, mourners carried Arouq's body wrapped in the flag of Fatah, the political party of Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas, in his hometown of Jenin where he was buried.

"He was hit by a bullet in his back, which exited through his chest...They assassinated him in cold blood," Majed Arqawi, cousin of Arouq, told AFP.

Wafa said Arouq's father was an officer in the Palestinian military intelligence service.

Israel has occupied the West Bank since 1967 and at least 488 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli troops or settlers there since October 7, according to Palestinian officials.

At least 19 Israelis have been killed in attacks by Palestinians in the same period, according to official Israeli figures.

 

 


AFP


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