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Palestinian killed in Israeli military raid in northern occupied West Bank

Deceased 18-year-old Palestinian Abdullah Emad Abu al-Hasan (Photo via social media)

Israeli military forces have shot and killed a Palestinian youth during a raid in a village in the northern occupied West Bank, Palestinian health officials say.

Abdullah Emad Abu al-Hasan, 18, succumbed to wounds from live fire by Israeli occupation forces during an assault on the village of Kafr Dan, located 8 kilometers (4.9 miles) northwest of Jenin, early on Friday, the Palestinian Ministry of Health said. 

The injured teenager was transferred to a hospital for medical treatment, where he was pronounced dead shortly afterward.

The official Palestinian news agency Wafa reported that confrontations broke out in the village as young Palestinians tried to repel the Israeli soldiers following the incursion.

Israeli troops fired live rounds, stun grenades and tear gas canisters to disperse the protesting crowd.

The young Palestinians hurled stones at Israeli military vehicles, while resistance fighters exchanged gunfire with the soldiers.

Witnesses said Hasan was struck in the abdomen with a bullet. A number of Palestinians were also shot and injured during the raid, while several others suffered breathing difficulties as a result of Israeli-fired tear gas.

Meanwhile, seven Palestinians, including an elderly woman, were injured and more than 100 others suffered from tear gas inhalation after Israeli soldiers raided the city of Nablus on Friday.

Local sources reported that Israeli special forces stormed Rafidia neighborhood in the western part of the occupied West Bank city, and surrounded a residential building amid heavy gunfire before targeting the house with four rockets.

The Israeli military later announced the arrest of a “wanted” Palestinian and two other young men. Meanwhile, a report by Al-Araby Al-Jadeed identified the arrested Palestinian as Khaled Tabila, one of the founders of Lions' Den.

Armed clashes erupted in the area, where several residents were injured.

According to Palestinian medical sources, Israeli forces prevented ambulances from reaching the neighborhood where the raid was taking place. 

Israeli forces launch raids on various cities of the West Bank almost on a daily basis under the pretext of detaining what the regime calls “wanted” Palestinians. The raids usually lead to violent confrontations with residents.

More than 200 Palestinians have been killed this year in the occupied Palestinian territories and Gaza. The majority of these fatalities have been recorded in the West Bank.

Those figures indicate that 2023 is already the deadliest year for Palestinians in the West Bank since the United Nations began keeping track of fatalities in 2005.

Previously, 2022 had been the deadliest year with 150 Palestinians killed, of whom 33 were minors, according to the United Nations.

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