Palestinian Teen Killed by Israeli Fire During West Bank Protest, Palestinians Say

Palestinian Red Cross, local media report the 13-year-old was shot in the stomach during a demonstration against a new settlement outpost, while IDF denies use of live fire

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Palestinian demonstrators react from tear gas fired by Israeli forces during a protest against Israeli settlements in Kafr Malik in the West Bank, December 4, 2020.
Palestinian demonstrators react from tear gas fired by Israeli forces during a protest against Israeli settlements in Kafr Malik in the West Bank, December 4, 2020.Credit: ABBAS MOMANI - AFP

A Palestinian teen was shot by Israeli forces during a protest in his village of al-Mughayir, northeast of Ramallah, and has died of his wounds, the Palestinian Health Ministry said.

According to the Palestinian Red Cross, Ali Abu Aliya, who media reported is 13 years old, was hit by live fire in the stomach and was taken in critical condition to a hospital in Ramallah for surgery. The Palestinian Health Ministry confirmed his death hours later.

He 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. 

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' office issued a statement condemning the incident. "It's impossible to accept the crimes committed against the Palestinian people and the killing of innocent people," the statement said, urging the international community to intervene.  

On Saturday, the European Union demanded that the teen's death be investigated.

"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.

Last year, a 38-year-old Palestinian was shot and killed in the same village, when residents were protesting settlement expansion in the area. 

DPA contributed to this report.

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