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Israeli forces shoot dead teenager amid West Bank violence

Israeli forces shoot dead teenager amid West Bank violence

The Palestinian Health Ministry said Israeli forces shot and killed a teenager in the northern occupied West Bank on Thursday, the latest in an outburst of violence that has lasted months.

The ministry said 15-year-old Mohammed Saleem was wounded with a live bullet in the back along with another teenager who was shot in the chest in Azoun village near Qalqilya city. Saleem died in a hospital.

Palestinian media reported that the two were injured while throwing stones at Israeli troops who had entered the village. There was no immediate comment from the Israeli military.

The Israeli military has been making near-daily incursions into Palestinian-controlled areas of the West Bank as violence that began last spring continued.


Since the beginning of the year, 64 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, about half of them militants, according to a count by The Associated Press. Palestinian attacks against Israelis have killed 14 Israelis during that same time. It has been one of the deadliest periods between Israelis and Palestinians in years.

Meanwhile, an Israeli court convicted four Jewish Israelis of inciting violence and terror for taking part in a wedding in which participants held an arson attack that killed a Palestinian boy and his parents.

The 2015 attack in the West Bank village of Duma killed 18-month-old Ali Dawabsheh and his parents, Riham and Saad, and drew condemnation from across Israel’s political spectrum.

Months after the attack, a wedding video aired on Israeli television appeared to show wedding guests brandishing rifles and dancing to music with lyrics calling for revenge, while some stabbed photos of Ali.

All four suspects were minors at the time of the wedding and were acquitted by a juvenile court, according to Israeli media. Prosecutors appealed that decision, which resulted in Thursday’s conviction in the Jerusalem District Court.

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