Israel kills 17-year-old Palestinian during raid in the West Bank

AP , Tuesday 22 Aug 2023

Israeli occupation forces stormed into a town in the northern occupied West Bank on Tuesday, leading to fighting that killed a 17-year-old Palestinian, according to Palestinian health officials, the latest violence to grip the occupied territory.

Israeli forces work at the site of a shooting attack near the West Bank city of Hebron, Monday, Aug.
Israeli forces work at the site of a shooting attack near the West Bank city of Hebron, Monday, Aug. 21, 2023. AP

 

The occupation army conducted an arrest raid before dawn in the town of Zababdeh south of Jenin, local medics said.

The Palestinian Health Ministry reported that 17-year-old Othman Abu Kharj was fatally shot in the head.

The raid came as Israeli ocupation forces were searching for the Palestinian gunman that carried out a shooting in the northern Palestinian city of Hawara that killed two Israelis on Saturday.  

In the southern West Bank, the Israeli army captured two Palestinians who were suspected in a shooting the day before that killed an Israeli woman and wounded a man.

The Israeli military said the two suspects confessed during interrogation to involvement in the attack near the Palestinian city of Hebron. 

Palestinian media identified them arrested near Hebron as Saqer and Muhamad al-Shantir.

Nearly 219 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire in the occupied territories since the start of this year, according to a tally by AFP. Some 30 people have been killed by Palestinian attacks against Israelis during that time.

Palestinians say the Israeli raids undermine their security forces, inspire more militancy and entrench Israeli ocupation control over lands they seek for a hoped-for future state. Israel captured the West Bank in the 1967 Mideast war, along with east Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip.

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