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Israeli soldiers shoot, kill Palestinian teenager in southern 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)
The body of a young Palestinian lies on the ground after being shot by Israeli forces near the entrance to the town of Bani Na’im in the occupied West Bank, September 20, 2016.

Israeli military forces have shot and killed a Palestinian teenager in the southern sector of the West Bank amid a surge in troop deployments in the occupied territories.

Israeli media reported that a Palestinian teenage boy was fatally shot near the entrance to the town of Bani Na’im, located eight kilometers east of al-Khalil (Hebron), on Tuesday morning as, they claimed, he sought to carry out a stabbing attack against Israeli soldiers.

The Israeli forces then opened fire, killing the teenager on the spot. The Israeli military later announced that there were no injuries among Israeli troopers following the alleged assault.

Bani Na’im’s Mayor Mahmoud Manasra later identified the slain Palestinian as 16-year-old Mahmoud Issa Salem Tarayrah.

On Monday afternoon, two Palestinians were killed by Israeli forces after allegedly carrying out a stabbing attack at a checkpoint near the holy Ibrahimi Mosque in al-Khalil.

Earlier in the day, Israeli forces had shot and injured a young Palestinian man at Herod’s Gate in the Old City of Jerusalem al-Quds after over an alleged stabbing attack against two Israeli police officers. A female officer was said to have sustained serious wounds, and a male officer was allegedly moderately injured.

Separately, on Tuesday, Israeli soldiers arrested 27 Palestinians in separate raids across the occupied West Bank. 

Palestinian journalist Musab al-Qasim Zayoud

Musab al-Qasim Zayoud, a journalist for Arabic-language Dunya al-Watan newspaper and Ramallah Mix website, was arrested in a raid on his house in Silat al-Harithiya, located 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) northwest of Jenin in the northern West Bank.

Separately, several Palestinian students suffered breathing difficulties and had to be transferred to the hospital after Israeli military forces fired a number of tear gas canisters to disperse protesting crowds in al-Khalil.

A Palestinian student is being transferred to hospital after suffering tear gas inhalation in the occupied West Bank city of al-Khalil (Hebron), September 20, 2016.

The occupied Palestinian territories have witnessed increased tensions ever since Israeli forces imposed restrictions on the entry of Palestinian worshipers into the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in East Jerusalem al-Quds in August 2015.

Nearly 250 Palestinians have lost their lives at the hands of Israeli forces in the tensions since the beginning of last October.

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