Israeli army officer fatally shoots Palestinian boy

Senior Israeli army officer kills 17-year-old Palestinian boy in occupied West Bank

Photo by: Maan News
Photo by: Maan News

Updated Jul 28, 2015

An Israeli colonel shot dead a 17-year-old Palestinian boy, Mohammed Sami al-Ksbeh, near a checkpoint in the occupied West Bank on Friday, Reuters has reported.

According to a Palestinian witness and an Israeli military spokesperson, Israeli Brigade Commander Israel Shomer shot directly at the teenager while he was throwing stones at the vehicle in an area where Palestinian youths were trying to cross the separation wall to enter Jerusalem to pray.

Israeli military spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Peter Lerner confirmed that a brigade commander had killed Ksbeh in the occupied West Bank.

Hundreds of Palestinians from Qalandiya refugee camp gathered at the Palestine Medical Center to mourn his death.

A large number of Israeli forces have been deployed to Qalandiya checkpoint where the incident took place. 

In earlier May, the testimonies of Israeli veterans critical of Israel’s actions in the occupied territories were released in a report published by the veterans group ‘Breaking the Silence,’ including the statements of more than 60 soldiers of various ranks, who fought in Gaza in 2014.

In the report, one soldier stated, "If you shoot someone in Gaza, it’s cool," while another described living in a former home of a Palestinian before it was blown up.

On June 10 a Palestinian boy, Ezzedine Ghora, was killed by Israeli officers in a refugee camp in the northern West Bank city of Jenin early in the morning. Israeli forces claimed the boy was carrying explosives.

According to  Israeli medical and security sources, Ghora was shot twice in his arm and chest and died before reaching hospital.

According to Palestinian sources the boy was not carrying any weapons or explosives when he was shot.

More than 20,000 homes were destroyed and hundreds of thousands are still displaced following the Israeli offensive in Gaza last summer, according to the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees in the Near East.

Many parts of Gaza have yet to be rebuilt as the people living there have severely limited access to materials due to the Israeli economic blockade on Gaza since 2007.

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