Palestine: Israeli soldiers kill teenager in occupied East Jerusalem

By Enes Canli and Mucahit Aydemir


JERUSALEM (AA): Israeli soldiers killed a 16-year-old Palestinian boy in the town of Abu Dis in occupied East Jerusalem, the Palestinian Health Ministry said Sunday.

Soldiers shot dead Yamen Jafal, who they claimed threw Molotov cocktails at an army checkpoint, the ministry said in a statement

The Israeli army claimed in a statement that two people threw Molotov cocktails at the checkpoint, saying one of them died and the other fled after soldiers opened fire.

Images were shared on social media of the Israeli police using tear gas in Abu Dis.

Local media sources said several army jeeps invaded the town, leading to protests before the soldiers fired many live rounds, rubber-coated steel bullets, gas bombs, and concussion grenades.

They added that the soldiers shot Jafal with a live round and prevented Palestinian medics from approaching him, and he subsequently bled to death. The soldiers later took his corpse away.

On Sunday, another Palestinian youth was killed by Israeli forces in Jerusalem’s Old City. Israeli police released a statement claiming the 19-year-old wounded two police officers in a knife attack. Karim Jamal al-Qawasmi was from the at-Tour town, in occupied Jerusalem,; he was shot near Bab Hutta gate, north of the Al-Aqsa Mosque.

Dozens of Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces in recent months for allegedly attempting to carry out stabbing or car-ramming attacks. Palestinian rights groups, meanwhile, accuse Israeli forces of deliberately killing Palestinians with no risk to their lives.

Israel occupied East Jerusalem during the 1967 Arab-Israeli war. In 1980, it annexed the entire city in a move never recognized by the international community.

*Writing by Gozde Bayar

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[Photo: Hundreds of Palestinians attend the funeral ceremony of Abdullah al-Hosari, 22, and Shadi Najm, 18, killed by Israeli forces who raided Jenin refugee camp, in West Bank on March 1, 2022. : Issam Rimawi/AA]

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