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Israeli forces shoot dead 13-year-old Palestinian

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)
An Israeli soldier aims his weapon during clashes with Palestinians following the funeral of a Palestinian man in the center of the West Bank town of al-Khalil (Hebron), October 10, 2015. (Photo by AFP)

Israeli forces have gunned down a 13-year-old boy during clashes south of the city of al-Bireh as clashes continue between Palestinian demonstrators and Israeli troops in the occupied West Bank, medics say.

Ahmad Sharaka was shot in the neck with a live round near the city of Ramallah in central West Bank on Sunday, medics said.

Another Palestinian was shot in his leg with live fire during the protest in the al-Balu area of southern Bireh, while another was shot with rubber-coated steel bullets.

Two others reportedly suffered excessive tear gas inhalation.

Israeli bulldozers had reportedly removed large objects in the area, in order to remove cover for Palestinian protesters.

Israel injures 55 Palestine students 

According to other reports from the occupied Palestinian territories on Sunday, at least 20 students were injured, including eight by live ammunition, in Khaddoury College, located in the West Bank city of Tulkarem.

Reports said that one of the wounded students was in critical condition.

In a separate incident on the same day, at least 35 students suffered injuries during clashes with Israeli forces that took place in front of a college of al-Quds University in Abu Dis in East al-Quds.

It was reported that the soldiers fired dozens of rubber-coated steel bullets, live rounds, gas bombs and concussion grenades during the clashes.

There has been growing confrontation between Israelis and Palestinians over the past weeks.

Palestinians gesture toward Israeli soldiers in the West Bank town of Tulkarem, October 8, 2015. (Photo by AFP)


The tensions were triggered by the Tel Aviv regime’s imposition on August 26 of sweeping restrictions on entries into the compound of the al-Aqsa Mosque in East al-Quds and Israeli settlers’ repeated stormings of the mosque.

The Palestinian Authority’s Committee for Prisoners’ Affairs said in a statement released on Saturday that Israeli forces have nabbed at least 650 Palestinians since the beginning of October.

On October 8, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Zeid al-Hussein expressed extreme concern over the escalation of tensions in the occupied territories, urging an end to the violence. The official also warned about the rising number of Palestinians being injured by live ammunition, rubber bullets and tear gas used by Israeli forces.

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