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Israeli forces kill Palestinian teen in West Bank

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Palestinians carry the body of Mohamad Saleh, 17, after he was killed during clashes with Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank village Al-Yamun, near Jenin on February 14, 2022. (Photo: AFP)
SILAT AL-HARITHIYA, Palestinian Territories — Israeli occupation forces shot dead a Palestinian teenager in a West Bank a confrontation, during what Israel on Monday described as an operation to demolish the home of a suspected Muhammad Jaradat, who is accused of killing an Israeli settler.اضافة اعلان

The Palestinian health ministry identified the youth as Mohammed Abu Salah, 17, who was killed after Israeli forces late Sunday entered the village of Silat Al-Harithiya near the flashpoint town of Jenin in the occupied West Bank.  

Salah's mother, Rafika Abu Saleh, told AFP that when her son left their home in the nearby village of Al-Yamun he said he was going to a wedding party, but in fact went to the scene of the clashes, where he was shot in the head. 

Soldiers and border police had entered the village "to demolish the floor of the residence in which the terrorist Muhammad Jaradat resided," Israeli forces said in a statement.

Israel has blamed Jaradat and others for the fatal shooting of an Israeli settler in the illegal West Bank outpost of Homesh in December.  

Abu Salah's body, draped in a white sheet, was hoisted by mourners ahead of his funeral, with the burial attended by hundreds of people, including masked gunmen who fired into the air. 

Demolitions

The army had set up checkpoints in the area, removing rubbish bins which had been set on fire by Palestinian protesters.

It later said it had completed the demolition and withdrawn from the village.

Israel regularly destroys the homes of individuals it blames for attacks on Israelis.

The practice has been condemned by critics as a form of collective punishment.

Israeli forces said Jaradat was responsible for the death of Yehuda Dimentman, killed when gunmen sprayed a settler car with roughly a dozen bullets as it drove out of Homesh in December. Two others were injured in the attack. 

Homesh had been evacuated by Israeli forces in 2005 but settlers have nevertheless continued to operate there, fuelling tensions with Palestinians. 

Israel arrested four people days after the December shooting. 

Around 475,000 settlers live in the West Bank, alongside some 2.9 million Palestinians, in communities regarded as illegal under international law. 

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett is the former head of a settler lobbying council who opposes Palestinian statehood. 

He has ruled out any formal peace talks with Palestinians during his tenure but said he will work to improve economic conditions in the West Bank, which Israel has occupied since the 1967 Arab-Israeli War.


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