After claiming he wielded a knife and attempted a stabbing attack, Israeli police shot dead a Palestinian teenager at a busy intersection of the illegal Israeli settlement of Gush Etzion, in the West Bank on Tuesday.
An Israeli ricochet bullet also wounded a bystander, and the alleged Palestinian stabbing attempt did not injure anyone. The killed Palestinian was identified as 16-year-old Mamoun al Khatib from the village of Doha in Bethlehem district.
Unrest grovels over the Palestinian occupied territories, since the eve of the Jewish Holiday Rosh Hashanah mid September, killing at least 103 Palestinians and 19 Israelis. Most of the killed Palestinians are teenagers as young as 12, and some are killed by Israeli armed civilians, and some were killed while attempting knife attacks.
Palestinians say the recent violence is a result of frustration from nearly a half-century of occupation and they accuse Israel of using excessive force to suppress the unrest while Israel says it is due to a Palestinian campaign of lies and provocation surrounding the Muslim holy site of Al Aqsa Mosque.
Frustrated by the failure of decades long peace talks to deliver them an independent state, Palestinians also say Israeli forces can detain and stop assailants instead of directly shooting them, and shooting suspects as well, without making sure that the killed Palestinian was in fact attempting an attack.