Palestinian teen fatally shot in Israeli raid in occupied West Bank, officials say
Israeli troops shot and killed a 17-year-old Palestinian militant as fighting erupted when soldiers entered a volatile town in the occupied West Bank early Saturday, the Palestinian Health Ministry and local media said.
The shooting, which Israel said came during a gun battle with local militants, came at a time of intensified Israeli military activity in the northern West Bank town of Jenin in recent months.
The ministry identified the dead teen as Amjad Fayyed. It said another Palestinian — an 18-year-old — was in critical condition after being wounded by Israeli gunfire.
Nine people were shot, one of them fatally, outside a party in Highland late Friday, police said.
The militant group Islamic Jihad said Fayyed was a member of its armed wing.
Local news reports said that clashes erupted outside Jenin’s refugee camp when Israeli forces stormed the area.
In a statement, the Israeli army said soldiers opened fire after gunmen shot at them from a passing vehicle. It said the gunmen also threw explosives toward the soldiers.
Israel has stepped up its military activity in Jenin in recent weeks in response to a series of deadly attacks inside Israel. Several attackers were from the Jenin area, which is known as a stronghold of Palestinian militants.
On May 11, Shireen abu Akleh, a veteran Palestinian American journalist for the Al Jazeera satellite channel, was shot and killed while covering an Israeli military operation in the Jenin camp.
Abu Akleh’s family, the Palestinian Authority and witnesses accused Israel of shooting the correspondent for the Qatari news organization. Israel says there was a fierce gun battle at the time, and it’s not clear whether she was killed by
Israeli or Palestinian gunfire.
Israel has called for a joint forensics investigation. The Palestinians have refused, saying Israel cannot be trusted. They are carrying out their own investigation and say they will share their results with other countries, but not Israel.
Israeli military officials said Thursday that the military has identified a soldier’s rifle that may have fired
the bullet that killed Abu Akleh, but said it cannot be certain unless the Palestinians turn over the bullet for analysis.
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