Palestinian Teen Killed by Israeli Gunfire Near Tulkarm

West Bank, MINA – Israeli forces on Monday overnight shot and killed a Palestinian teen at the military checkpoint of Jubara, south of the occupied West Bank city of Tulkarm.

The Palestinian Liaison Service confirmed that 15-year-old Mohammad Nidal Younes, a resident of Nablus city, succumbed to his critical wounds he sustained after being shot by Israeli soldiers at the checkpoint.

Israeli soldiers opened fire at Younes’ vehicle as he was driving at the checkpoint, critically injuring him purportedly for attempting to ram his vehicle into a number of soldiers, Wafa reported.

Israeli media claimed that Younes allegedly rammed his car into another vehicle that was going through the checkpoint, hitting and seriously injuring a soldier.

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The circumstances surrounding the killing remain unclear and largely based on the Israeli version of events.

Israeli has been criticized for its reflexive use of lethal force and “extrajudicial killings” against Palestinians. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said that circumstances surrounding such killings over the past months remain disputed.

Various international, Palestinian and Israeli human rights organizations have slammed Israel’s policy of “extrajudicial killings” against Palestinians.

Video footages for similar alleged attacks appear to disapprove Israeli military claims, showing alleged Palestinian attackers did not even attempt to carry out any attacks. Some footage showed Israeli forces manipulating the crime scene following such killings. (T/RE1)

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Mi’raj News Agency (MINA)