Israeli forces kill Palestinian teenagers in occupied West Bank protest News of the Israel-Palestine conflict


Mohammed Hamayel, 15, was killed during a weekly protest in the occupied village of Beita in the West Bank against illegal Jewish settlement.

A Palestinian teenager has been killed by Israeli fire during clashes between protesters and Israeli troops in the occupied West Bank, Palestinian authorities said.

The Palestinian Red Crescent said on Friday that “Mohammad Said Hamayel, 15, died in clashes” with Israeli forces near Beita, south of Nablus, where dozens of Palestinians protested against the expansion of an illegal Jewish settlement near at the expense of their land.

The Palestinian Ministry of Health said six more people had been shot.

The official Palestinian news agency, Wafa, reported that Israeli troops fired live wheels, tear gas and rubber-coated steel pellets at the protesters. There was no immediate comment from the Israeli army.

Hamayel is the eighth Palestinian child killed by Israeli forces this year and the third in Beita, which has witnessed protests in recent months after Israeli settlers built an outpost on Mount Sabih in the village.

The livelihoods of at least 17 Palestinian families (more than 100 people) are under threat as they depend on harvesting their olives from the land they own for generations.

In another protest in the village of Kufr Qaddoum, an eight-month-old baby suffered inhalation of tear gas after Israeli forces targeted Loay Samir’s family home. Another ten-year-old boy was injured in the leg with a rubber-coated steel bullet.

Murad Shteiwi, Kufr Qaddoum’s media coordinator, said the Israeli army stormed the village under heavy live bullet cover, adding that they attacked the homes of Palestinian residents, scaled their roofs and they used them as a military barracks for their snipers.

People in the West Bank often hold demonstrations on Friday against land confiscation, house demolitions and Israeli settlements considered illegal under international law. Israeli forces often respond to protests with disproportionate violence.

Some 475,000 Israeli settlers live in the occupied West Bank, where more than 2.8 million Palestinians live.

On Thursday, Israeli troops shot dead three Palestinians, including two security officers, in a shootout that exploded in the city of Jenin during what appeared to be an Israeli arrest attack overnight.

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