Israeli sniper kills 16-year-old Palestinian girl

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Palestinian mourners attend the funeral of 16-year-old Jana Zakarna, who was killed by Israeli occupation forces in Jenin, in the West Bank, on December 12, 2022 in the city of Jenin. (Photo: AFP)
JENIN, Palestinian Territories — Israeli occupation forces shot and killed a Palestinian teen in the West Bank city of Jenin on Monday, the Palestinian news agency, Wafa reported.اضافة اعلان

Jana Zakarneh, 16, was shot in the head while on the roof of her house, the Palestinian Health Ministry said.

"She went up (to the roof) to fetch her cat and never came back, so her brother went up to look for her; he opened the door and found Jana lying here on her back," Yasser Zakarna, Jana’s uncle, told AFP.

Describing his niece's wounds, he said she was "shot with four bullets in deadly spots: in the head, the face, and twice in the chest. They have truly killed childhood."

Israel acknowledged its forces had shot dead Zakarna during a raid but claimed it was “unintentional”.

Three Palestinians were wounded in the Israeli raid, according to the Palestinian Red Crescent Society whose medics operate in the area.

Hussein Al-Sheikh, a senior Palestinian official, called on "regional and international bodies to immediately investigate the execution" of Zakarna.

Israeli occupation forces have launched near-daily raids in the northern West Bank since March.

Zakarna is the 166th Palestinian to be killed this year. In Israel’s war on Gaza in August alone, 49 Palestinians were killed in three days of violence.

Children as young as 12 and veteran Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh are among more than 40 Palestinians killed in the Jenin area during Israeli operations this year.

After his niece's death, Zakarna said "there's no way to be safe" during the frequent raids.

A general strike was called in Jenin following the girl's killing, prompting shopkeepers to pull down their shutters. Mourners gathered for the funeral, with olive branches placed on her body which was wrapped in a Palestinian flag.

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