European Union Calls on Israel to Probe Killing of 13-year-old Palestinian

Ali Abu Aliya was shot in the stomach during clashes with the Israeli army at a West Bank protest and died of his wounds at the hospital

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Mourners carry the body of Palestinian teenager Ali Abu Alia during his funeral in the village of Mughayir near Ramallah in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, on December 5, 2020.
Mourners carry the body of Palestinian teenager Ali Abu Alia during his funeral in the village of Mughayir near Ramallah in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, on December 5, 2020. Credit: ABBAS MOMANI/AFP

The European Union on Saturday demanded clarification about the death of 13-year-old Palestinian after clashes with Israeli soldiers in the West Bank.

"This shocking incident must be swiftly and fully investigated by the Israeli authorities in order to bring the perpetrators to justice," the EU delegation responsible for Palestinian affairs said.

Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh described the incident as "a new crime added to the occupation's long record." According to Palestinian sources, Ali Abu Aliya was shot in the stomach by a soldier in clashes in the village of al-Mughayir, northeast of Ramallah, on Friday. He died hours later of his wounds.

Abu Aliya had been participating in a protest against a new settlement outpost in the area. Other demonstrators reported that clashes broke out between the Israeli army and Palestinians, even though they were far from the outpost.

The mayor of al-Mughayir told Palestinian state news that Abu Aliya was shot by an Israeli soldier during clashes at the eastern entrance of the village. He added that four other young people were wounded by rubber bullet fire and treated at the scene. 

The Israeli military said that there were riots in the area, but denied using live fire. Rioters used burned tires and tried to block the road, an IDF spokesperson said, and Israeli forces responded with rubber bullets and "Ruger" guns, which have a low muzzle speed. 

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