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Israeli forces fatally shoot 16-year-old Palestinian boy in occupied 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 file photo, obtained from Twitter, shows Palestinian teenager Saeed Yusuf Muhammad Oudeh killed by Israeli forces south of Nablus, occupied West Bank, May 5, 2021.

In their latest act of aggression against Palestinians, Israeli military forces have shot and killed a Palestinian teenager during clashes with Palestinian protesters in the occupied West Bank.

The military said its troops fired towards the Palestinian protesters hurling Molotov cocktails at them on Wednesday evening near the Palestinian village of Beita, south of Nablus.

The Palestinian Ministry of Health identified the victim as Saeed Yusuf Muhammad Oudeh.

A Palestinian Red Crescent ambulance evacuated the teenager, who was shot in the stomach, to Rafidia Governmental Hospital in Nablus, the Middle East Eye reported.

The Health ministry said another Palestinian had also been shot in the back at the scene of the clashes and was being treated in hospital.

Israeli media reported that Oudeh was killed during a search for the suspect in a drive-by shooting that took place in the south of Nablus on Sunday, when three Israeli soldiers were injured. One of them, a 19-year-old male, died on Wednesday night of his injuries.

The shooting came hours after Israeli forces shot and killed Rehab al-Hroub, a 60-year-old Palestinian woman, over an alleged stabbing attempt against the regime’s soldiers at Gush Etzion Junction near the southern West Bank city of al-Khalil (Hebron).

Israel’s Shin Bet announced that it had arrested a Palestinian suspect over the Sunday drive-by shooting, identifying him as a 44-year-old resident of the Palestinian village of Turmus Ayya.

Palestinians have faced an uptick in Israeli violence since the beginning of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan in mid-April.

Since then, there have been recurring clashes between Israeli troops and Palestinians in different areas of the occupied territories, including near Jerusalem al-Quds’s Old City over access to a historic landmark, in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in east Jerusalem al-Quds over the eviction of dozens of Palestinians, and at the location of al-Aqsa Mosque over Palestinians’ access to the mosque during Ramadan.

The clashes come as supporters of the Palestinian cause prepare to mark the International Quds Day, which falls this year on May 7.

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