Israeli forces kill Palestinian teenager, injure another in raid in eastern West Bank

Ahmed Ashraf Hmedat, deceased Palestinian teenager (Photo by the official Palestinian news agency WAFA)

Israeli troops shot dead a Palestinian teenager during a raid on a refugee camp in the eastern part of the occupied West Bank, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry.

Local sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, told the official Palestinian news agency WAFA that Israeli forces stormed the Aqabat Jaber camp, located three kilometers southwest of Ariha, Saturday evening, and opened fire on two Palestinians, including 15 years old. -old Ahmed Ashraf Hmedat, while they were near a cemetery on the west side of the camp.

Hmedat suffered serious gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead a short time later. Another Palestinian teenager was also injured in the shooting.

The Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS) later announced in a statement that Israeli forces had prevented its paramedic teams from reaching the scene and providing necessary medical assistance.

Israeli troops handed over Hmedat's body to PRCS members about an hour later, while they took away the second Palestinian teenager. His state of health remains uncertain.

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Since Hamas carried out Operation Al-Aqsa Storm in the occupied territories on October 7 and Israel unleashed a genocidal war in the besieged Gaza Strip in response, casualties have also increased in the West Bank due to the intensification of almost daily Israeli raids. in its villages and towns.

More than 500 Palestinians have been killed in the West Bank by Israeli forces or extremist Jewish settlers since the start of the war. According to the UN, 2023 was the deadliest year for Palestinians in the West Bank since the United Nations began keeping such records in 2005.

At least 36,379 Palestinians, mostly women and children, have also been killed in Israeli attacks in the Gaza Strip over the past nine months.

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