Israeli troops kill Palestinian teen for ‘stone-throwing’

Israeli troops shot dead Palestinian youth for throwing stones at Israeli vehicles military spokeswoman says

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Israeli soldiers stand near the scene where a Palestinian, who Israeli military said slashed and wounded an army officer, was shot dead by Israeli troops in the West Bank village of Aseera Ashamaliya near Nablus January 14, 2016.

Israeli troops shot dead a Palestinian teenager in the occupied West Bank on Wednesday, the army said he had been throwing stones at Israeli vehicles.

Troops patrolling near the city of Hebron came across Palestinians throwing rocks at cars on a main road and shot one of them, an Israeli military spokeswoman said.

The Palestinian Health Ministry said 15-year-old Omar Madi was taken to a hospital in Hebron where he was declared dead.

In recent months, protests against the ongoing Israeli occupation have increased in the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip.

As of October 1, at least 165 Palestinians, including many children, have been killed by Israeli forces while 25 Israelis, an American and an Eritrean have also been killed.

The bloodshed has been partly fuelled by Palestinian frustration over long-stalled peace talks and anger at the Israeli Army’s encroachment on the Al Aqsa Mosque compound in occupied East Jerusalem.

The continuously rising tensions between Israelis and Palestinians in the region derives from the construction of illegal Israeli settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

Approximately, 400,000 Israeli settlers live in the West Bank in settlements that are largely condemned as being illegal by the international community.

TRTWorld and agencies