Palestinian teenager killed by Israeli forces in West Bank

Fri 31 May 2019 at 12:40 Regional
NNA - Palestinian Ministry of Health said on Friday that a young Palestinian was shot dead by Israeli forces' gunfire in the West Bank.


In a press statement, the ministry that the 16-year-old victim is identified as Abdallah Louai Gheith, who died near Bethlehem city after being shot in the heart and lungs by Israeli army.


The ministry said that another Palestinian, 21 years old, was rushed to surgery after he was injured by a bullet in the abdomen.


According to local sources, Israeli soldiers at a military checkpoint east of Bethlehem opened fire towards the Palestinians who were trying to access Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa Mosque on the last Friday of the month of Ramadan for Muslims.


Israeli public radio said that Gheith was killed "while attempting to sneak" into East Jerusalem.


Furthermore, the radio reported that Israeli forces arrested a Palestinian at Qalandia checkpoint earlier for "having a knife."


Palestinians accuse Israel of imposing tight restrictions on their access from the West Bank and Gaza Strip into East Jerusalem for prayers at Al-Aqsa Mosque.--Xinhua


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