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Israeli forces kill Palestinian teenager in occupied West Bank protest News on Israel-Palestine conflict

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

A Palestinian teenager was 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 “15-year-old Mohammad Said Hamayel was killed in clashes” with Israeli forces near Beita, south of Nablus, where dozens of Palestinians demonstrated against the expansion of a nearby illegal Jewish settlement. at the expense of their land.

The Palestinian Ministry of Health said six other people were wounded by gunshots.

The official Palestinian news agency, Wafa, reported that Israeli troops fired live rounds, 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 to be killed by Israeli forces this year and the third in Beita, who has witnessed protests in recent months after Israeli settlers built an outpost on the village’s Mount Sabih.

The livelihoods of at least 17 Palestinian families, more than 100 people, are threatened as they depend on harvesting their olives on land they have owned for generations.

In another protest in the village of Kufr Qaddoum, an eight-month-old baby was inhaled by tear gas after Israeli forces attacked Loay Samir’s family home. Another 10-year-old boy was wounded in the leg with a rubber-coated steel bullet.

Murad Shteiwi, media coordinator for Kufr Qaddoum, said the Israeli army stormed the village under heavy cover of live bullets, adding that they raided the homes of Palestinian residents, climbed onto their roofs and used them as military barracks for their snipers.

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

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

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

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