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Israeli forces shoot, injure Palestinian teen in central 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 guard at the Qalandiya checkpoint, between al-Quds (Jerusalem) and the West Bank city of Ramallah, after two Palestinians were shot dead on April 27, 2016. ©AFP

Israeli military forces have shot and injured a Palestinian teenager and arrested another as the pair allegedly sought to stab an Israeli trooper at a checkpoint in the central part of the occupied West Bank.

An Israeli army spokesperson, speaking on condition of anonymity, said two 14-year-old female Palestinians approached Israeli soldiers at the checkpoint in the village of Beit Ur al-Tahta in an alleged bid to attack them.

Israeli soldiers then opened fire towards the girls, leaving one of them injured. The second teenager reportedly tried to leave the scene, but was later apprehended without being fired on.

Palestinian factions slam siblings ‘execution’

Meanwhile, the Palestinian Authority and the resistance movement Hamas have strongly condemned the recent “execution” of two Palestinian siblings by Israeli forces near the West Bank city of Ramallah.

Palestinian Authority spokesman Yousef Mahmoud denounced the silence of the international community over the death of Maram Salih Hassan Abu Ismail and her younger brother Ibrahim at the hands of Israeli forces.

An Israeli soldier stands guard at the Qalandiya checkpoint, between al-Quds (Jerusalem) and the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah, after two Palestinians were shot dead on April 27, 2016. ©AFP

“There is nothing that can justify the crime that has been committed against a pregnant mother and her brother,” Yousef said, adding that the Tel Aviv regime has a “mafia-like mentality.”

Senior Hamas official Abdul Rahman Shadid also called on Palestinians to “exact a revenge for the crime at Qalandiya checkpoint, and put an end to Israel’s shedding of Palestinian blood.”

Israeli sources claim that troopers gunned down the Palestinian siblings on Wednesday after they ignored calls to stop and Maram threw a knife at a policeman guarding the checkpoint. No Israelis were injured in the incident.

Witnesses have however disputed the allegations, saying  that Israeli forces fired at least 15 rounds of bullets at the woman during the incident.

Palestinian protesters throw stones towards Israeli forces during clashes following a weekly demonstration against the expropriation of Palestinian land by Israel in the village of Kafr Qaddum in the occupied West Bank on April 22, 2016. ©AFP

Tensions have heightened in the occupied territories since August 2015, when Israel imposed restrictions on the entry of Palestinian worshipers into the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in East al-Quds.

Al-Aqsa Mosque is the third holiest site in Islam after Masjid al-Haram in Mecca and Masjid al-Nabawi in Medina.

More than 210 Palestinians, including children and women, have lost their lives at the hands of Israeli forces since the beginning of last October.

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