West Bank: Palestinian teenager killed by Israeli forces near Silwad

More than 60 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces this year, many of them in raids, according to the Palestinian health ministry (Mahmoud Illean - AP)

Middle East Eye  /  June 25, 2022

The Palestinian foreign ministry described the killing of Mohammad Abdallah Hamed, 16, as an ‘execution’

Palestinian teenager has died from his wounds hours after being shot by Israeli soldiers in the occupied West Bank.

Mohammad Abdallah Hamed, 16, was shot and wounded on Friday evening near the town of Silwad, close to Ramallah in the northern West Bank, and died hours later, a Silwad councillor told AFP.

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The teenager was near a road leading to the neighbouring settlement of Ofra when he was shot by Israeli soldiers, the councillor said.

A spokeswoman for Israel’s army said dozens of Palestinians had gathered near Silwad and that “a number of suspects hurled rocks” at passing cars, “endangering civilians”.

“Soldiers at the scene operated to stop the suspects in accordance with standard operating procedures, using live fire as a last resort,” she told AFP.

A Palestinian was hit, she added, without giving further details.

The Palestinian foreign ministry described Hamad’s killing as an “execution”.

Nearly 70 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces, many of them in raids, in the West Bank this year.

Journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, a prominent TV reporter with Al Jazeera, was shot dead by Israeli forces last month in Jenin while she was covering one of the army raids there.

At least 19 people have been killed in Israel in attacks by Palestinian individuals since March 2022.

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Israeli forces kill Palestinian teenager in occupied West Bank

Al-Jazeera  /  June 25, 2022

Mohammad Abdallah Hamed, 16, died in Israeli custody after being shot near the town of Silwad, Palestinian sources have said.

A 16-year-old Palestinian teenager has died after being shot by Israeli soldiers in the occupied West Bank, according to Palestinian officials.

Mohammad Abdallah Hamed was shot and wounded by Israeli gunfire on Friday evening near the town of Silwad, northeast of Ramallah, and was taken away by Israeli forces, the official Palestinian news agency Wafa reported.

It said the teen died in Israeli custody, and that the army was expected to release the body later on Saturday.

The Palestinian foreign ministry described his killing as an “execution”.

The mayor of Silwad said residents had “announced a general strike in the village denouncing this crime”.

The Israeli military said soldiers had fired at a group of Palestinians who were throwing stones along a main highway. It confirmed shooting one person, but gave no further details on their condition or whereabouts.

“Soldiers at the scene operated to stop the suspects in accordance with standard operating procedures, using live fire as a last resort,” it said.

More than 60 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces this year, many of them in raids, according to the Palestinian health ministry.

Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh was killed by Israeli forces on May 11 while she was covering a raid of Jenin, in the occupied West Bank.

At least 19 people have been killed in Israel in attacks by Palestinian individuals since March.

SOURCE: NEWS AGENCIES