Palestinian Teenager Killed by Israeli Fire Near Ramallah, Fourth in Two Days

The Israeli military says 17-year-old Odeh Sadqa was hurling Molotov cocktails at soldiers, as Palestinian presidency decries spike in 'executions'

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Israeli forces during clashes with Palestinians near the West Bank city of Ramallah, on Sunday.
Israeli forces during clashes with Palestinians near the West Bank city of Ramallah, on Sunday.Credit: Majdi Mohammed /AP

A 17-year-old Palestinian was killed Thursday by Israeli military fire west of Ramallah, the Palestinian Health Ministry said. He was the fourth Palestinian reportedly killed by Israeli fire in two days.

According to the ministry's statement, Odeh Sadqa was hit in the chest in the village of al-Midya and was taken to a hospital in Ramallah, where he succumbed to his wounds.

Odeh Sadqa

Military officials first said they were not aware of the incident, but later the military's spokesman said in a tweet that Sadqa and two others hurled Molotov cocktails at an Israeli force near the West Bank separation wall.

The Israeli military said no soldiers were wounded, adding that it was looking into the incident.

Al-Midya's council head told Palestinian news agency WAFA that Sadqa wasn't a threat to the force, claiming the shooting was unprovoked. A family member said "there were no clashes there or anything that could explain why they'd deliberately shoot a teenager like that."

Nabil Abu Rudeineh, a spokesman for the Palestinian presidency, said in a statement issued before the latest death that there was a rise in the number of "executions" of Palestinians, which he said the Israeli military was carrying out "on orders" from Israel's Prime Minister Naftali Bennett.

“We are at a crossroads,” he added, according to WAFA. “The international silence on the violations of the occupation, and the failure to hold it accountable for its continuing crimes against the Palestinian people encourages the Bennett government and its army to continue to shed Palestinian blood."

On Wednesday, a Palestinian woman was shot dead by Israeli forces near al-Arroub refugee camp in the West Bank, after she approached a soldier holding a knife.

Later that same day, Bilal Kabaha, 24, was killed by Israeli fire during clashes at the village of Ya'bad, where Israeli forces were executing a demolition order against the home of a Palestinian who murdered five people in the Tel Aviv suburb of Bnei Brak in March. Hamas said Kabaha was one of its fighters.

Early on Thursday, Ayman Mheisen, 29, was shot dead by Israeli forces during clashes at the Dheisheh refugee camp near Bethlehem, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry.

Military officials said Mheisen threw an explosive device at the Israeli force before being shot.

In recent months, Palestinians have carried out a wave of attacks against Israelis that have left 19 people dead. The military has launched near-daily operations across the West Bank that it says are aimed at breaking up militant networks to prevent more attacks.

Clashes at a flashpoint holy site in Jerusalem and the killing of a well-known Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu Alkeh have further heightened tensions. The Palestinians and witnesses say Abu Akleh was killed by Israeli fire, while Israel says it’s not clear if soldiers or Palestinian gunmen fired the deadly bullet.

The Palestinian Health Ministry said 62 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces since the start of the year. It does not differentiate between civilians, militants and those who were killed after carrying out deadly attacks.

The ministry's count includes Abu Akleh, as well as an unarmed woman and two people who appear to have been bystanders during clashes.

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