Israeli forces kill Palestinian teen in Jenin

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Relatives of 17-year-old Palestinian Amjad Al-Fayed mourn his death, during his funeral in the refugee camp of Jenin on May 21, 2022. The Palestinian teenager was shot dead by Israeli forces early today during a raid in Jenin in the occupied West Bank. (Photo: AFP)

RAMALLAH, Palestinian Territories — Israeli forces on Saturday shot and killed a Palestinian teen and critically wounded another in Jenin, the Palestinian health ministry said.اضافة اعلان

“A 17-year-old boy was killed and an 18-year-old was critically wounded by the Israeli occupation’s bullets during its aggression on Jenin,” the ministry said in a statement. The official Palestinian news agency Wafa identified the teenager as Amjad Al-Fayed.

Israeli forces said that during “operational activity” near Kafr Dan, a village northwest of Jenin, “a number of suspects shot live fire at ... soldiers from a passing vehicle”, adding that “the suspects also hurled Molotov cocktails and an explosive device toward the soldiers,” they said in a statement. “The soldiers responded with live fire toward the suspects,” it added. “Hits were identified.”

The Palestinian Islamic Jihad claimed Fayed as a member and a “son”, praising him in a statement for confronting the Israeli occupation forces with gunfire and explosive devices. At Fayed’s funeral in the Jenin refugee camp, armed members of the militant group carried his coffin.

Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammed Shtayyeh condemned Fayed’s killing, stressing in remarks relayed by Wafa that “We warn against the consequences of the occupation’s continued crimes against our people. We urge the international community to condemn them and hold the perpetrators accountable,” Shtayyeh said in a statement.

Israeli forces have repeatedly raided the Jenin area since late March, often with deadly consequences for Palestinian residents. Twenty Palestinians in Jenin have been killed by occupation forces since the beginning of 2022, including veteran Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh.

On Thursday, Israeli forces announced that they will not conduct an investigation into Abu Akleh’s killing, saying a probe that treats Israeli soldiers as suspects will lead to opposition within Israeli society. Al-Jazeera reported that the US State Department renewed calls for a “thorough and transparent” investigation, but stopped short of calling for an independent probe.

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