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Israeli forces kill 2 Palestinian on Gaza border, West Bank

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Israeli soldiers stand on armored personnel carriers near Gaza, June 7, 2015. (© AFP)

Two Palestinians have been shot dead by Israeli forces in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

In the latest incident, the Israeli forces shot dead a Palestinian teenager in the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah on Friday night.

Palestinian sources said that 14-year-old Laith Khaldi was shot in the chest by Israeli forces near a checkpoint north of Ramallah. He was rushed to a nearby hospital with fatal injuries following the assault. However, the teenager succumbed to his wounds in the hospital.

Separately, the Tel Aviv regime forces also killed a Palestinian in the northern town of Beit Lahia in the besieged Gaza Strip. Palestinian medical sources identified the 27-year-old as Mohammad Al-Masri.

Gaza Health Ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra confirmed that another man was also injured and rushed to a hospital.

A spokesperson for the Israeli army has claimed that the Israeli soldiers opened fire as the two Palestinian men tried to approach the so-called buffer zone, established by the Tel Aviv regime along the border with Gaza in 2008 for alleged security reasons.

The zone officially extends 300 meters into the Gaza territory, but reports say the Israeli regime is trying to create a much larger no-go zone.

The killings occurred amid escalating tensions and growing anger following the burning to death of an infant by Israeli settlers. Earlier in the day, the Palestinian baby was burned to death after Israeli settlers set fire to homes in the occupied West Bank.

The Gaza Strip has long been suffering under an all-out land, aerial, and naval blockade imposed by the Israeli regime. Israel denies about 1.8 million people in Gaza their basic rights, such as freedom of movement, jobs that pay proper wages, and adequate healthcare and education.

Moreover, Israel has launched four wars on Palestinians in the besieged Gaza Strip since 2008.

At least 2,140 Palestinians, most of them civilians, were killed during 50 days of Israel's war on Gaza last summer.

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