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Israel army kills Palestinian teen at refugee camp

Israeli forces hold a position during clashes with Palestinian protesters at the Aida refugee camp, near the West Bank city of Bethlehem. (AFP Photo)

A Palestinian teenager has been killed by Israeli army fire at a refugee camp near the city of Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank, police and emergency sources say.

The 13-year-old teen, identified as Abdel Rahman Abdullah, was shot in the chest on Monday at the Aida refugee camp, the sources said.

The killing comes amid an upsurge in violence in East al-Quds (Jerusalem) and the West Bank, where Israeli forces have been attacking Palestinian protesters.

In a statement on Monday, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas slammed the Tel Aviv regime for the escalation of tensions.

The statement from Abbas's office said Israel has an interest “in dragging things into a cycle of violence” due to turmoil on al-Aqsa Mosque compound.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (AFP photo) 

 

Abdullah’s death comes a day after two Palestinians youths were killed by Israeli forces in separate incidents.

On Sunday morning, Israeli police shot dead a Palestinian near the Damascus Gate of al-Aqsa Mosque compound after accusing him of attempting to stab an Israeli settler.

This is while a video of the moments leading to his death shows him running toward an Israeli police patrol as a group of Israeli settlers are chasing him.

Also on Sunday night, another teenager was killed during clashes in Tulkarem in the West Bank.

Israeli escalation

The Israeli regime on Sunday imposed fresh restrictions on the entry of Palestinian worshipers into al-Aqsa Mosque compound for two days, saying only Israelis, tourists, residents of the area, business owners and schoolchildren can enter the sacred site.

Israel has imposed sweeping restrictions on entries into al-Aqsa Mosque compound since August 26.

Tel Aviv has also threatened to launch new military operations against Palestinians. Israeli security forces are using both live rounds and rubber bullets against Palestinian youths hurling stones and firebombs. Israeli settlers have also attacked Palestinians.

Palestinian protesters shout slogans during a demonstration in the Muslim quarter of the Israeli-occupied Old City of al-Quds, on October 4, 2015. (AFP photo)

 

Stone-throwing has been a symbol of Palestinian resistance against the Tel Aviv regime’s arrogant policies and atrocities since the first Palestinian uprising, or Intifada, in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

The second Palestinian intifada broke out on September 28, 2000, after a visit by then Israeli opposition leader, Ariel Sharon, to the al-Aqsa Mosque compound.

'New intifada'

Meanwhile, Germany has warned of the risk of a "new intifada" amid ongoing Israeli violence against Palestinians in the occupied territories, with Foreign Ministry spokesman Martin Schaefer saying, “What possibly awaits us here is something like a new intifada.”

The ministry also called for the resumption of talks between Israel and the Palestinians, adding, “It is... so important to search for ways and means to resume talks in order to reach a permanent solution.”

The comments come as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is set to arrive Thursday in Germany for talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel.


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