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Palestinian PM strongly condemns Israeli forces over killings, field execution of youths

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)
Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh (Photo via Twitter)

Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh has condemned the killing of a young Palestinian man over an alleged stabbing attack in the Old City of occupied al-Quds, saying the Tel Aviv regime continues to escalate its repressive measures and attacks across the occupied territories through field execution of youths.

“Israel continues to intensify its aggression in large parts of our land, taking advantage of the international community's preoccupation with the ongoing Ukraine conflict,” Shtayyeh said at a weekly cabinet meeting in the central West Bank city of Ramallah on Monday.

He warned of “the dangerous repercussions of the escalation of killings and field executions committed by the Israeli forces in the Palestinian territories.”

The Palestinian prime minister also called on the international community to enforce international law, and pressure Israel to abide by United Nations Security Council resolutions concerning Palestine.

On Sunday, Israeli forces shot dead a Palestinian teenager after he allegedly stabbed two officers in the Old City of al-Quds.

The incident took place at Bab Hutta, one of the gates to the al-Aqsa Mosque compound, at approximately 4:30 a.m. local time (0230 GMT).

The youth was identified by the official Palestinian news agency Wafa as 19-year-old Kareem Jamal al-Qawasmi. He was pronounced dead by medical personnel who arrived at the scene shortly after.

 A video circulating online shows the youth lying on the ground after being shot, before an Israeli officer stepped on him, apparently in an attempt to restrict him.

Israeli forces closed off all the entrances to the al-Aqsa Mosque compound after the incident.

The Hamas resistance movement praised the heroic operation, and described it as a natural response to the ongoing crimes of the occupying Israeli regime against Palestinians.

“The holy city [of al-Quds] is fighting to expel occupiers and preserve its Palestinian-Arab identity. This is an open battle with the occupation, which will not stop unless the primary goals of our nation, namely liberation of our land, return of refugees and the establishment of an independent Palestinian state with al-Quds as its capital, are achieved,” Hamas spokesman Hazem Qassem said in a statement.

He stressed that “the blood of today’s martyr, which was shed at dawn on the soil of the Holy City, will preserve its identity and protect it against invaders and all attempts to seize it.”

“Such great sacrifices, which were embodied in today’s martyrdom, represent the Palestinians’ willingness to pay the price for cleansing the holy sites from the impurity of the Israeli occupation.”

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