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Palestinian teenager succumbs to injuries from Israeli fire

28 April 2015 9:53


A Palestinian teenage boy has succumbed to his wounds a day after being shot by Israeli forces during a demonstration in the occupied West Bank.

Mohammed Yehya, 18, from the village of al-Araqa in the northern city of Jenin passed away on Tuesday from his injuries.

Yehya was hurt a day earlier when Israeli forces opened fire at Palestinian protesters in a village near Jenin.

The protest followed the Israeli forces’ April 27 abduction of at least five Palestinians during an overnight raid on a number of houses in the northern city.

On April 24, a 16-year-old Palestinian boy was shot dead by Israeli guards at a checkpoint in the occupied East al-Quds (Jerusalem). Israeli forces claimed he intended to stab an officer- an allegation his family denies.

On the same day, Israeli forces opened fire on Palestinian protesters in the Kafr Qaddum village near the northern West Bank city of Qalqilya, injuring seven people, the Palestinian Ma’an News Agency reported.

In recent months, Israeli forces have intensified their crackdown on Palestinians by raiding their homes and putting them behind bars based on the so-called administrative detention.

Administrative detention is a sort of imprisonment without trial or charge that allows Israel to incarcerate Palestinians for up to six months. The detention order can be renewed for indefinite periods of time.

More than half a million Israelis live in over 120 settlements built since Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories in the West Bank and East al-Quds (Jerusalem) in 1967.

The Israeli settlements are illegal under international law because the territories were seized during the 1967 war and are hence subject to the Geneva Conventions that forbid construction on occupied lands.

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