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Bomb blast martyred Palestinian teen in East al-Quds: Reports

24 January 2016 14:20


A Palestinian teenage boy has lost his life as he allegedly attempted to attack an Israeli military base in East al-Quds (Jerusalem) using a bomb.

The 17-year-old victim, identified as Mohammad Nabil Halabiya, was killed in the town of Abu Dis on Saturday night as the bomb he was reportedly holding in his hands exploded.

According to reports, Israeli forces prevented medical staff from reaching the area to treat the boy and he succumbed to his wounds at the scene.

No casualties were reported among Israeli forces.

Earlier on Saturday, Israeli forces shot dead a young Palestinian girl outside the so-called Anatot settlement in northeastern al-Quds after she allegedly tried to stab a soldier.

The victim was identifies as Ruqayya Eid Abu Eid, 13, from the West Bank city of Yatta.

Tensions have been running high across the occupied Palestinian lands in recent months over Tel Aviv’s imposition of restrictions on Palestinian worshipers’ entry into the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in East al-Quds in August last year.

The tensions have also been escalated by the repeated desecration of the compound by extremist Israeli settlers, who are usually accompanied by Israeli military forces.

Over 160 Palestinians, including children and women, have been killed by Israeli forces since the beginning of last October.

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs has voiced concerns over the excessive use of force and “extrajudicial killing” of Palestinians by Israeli forces. The body says that circumstances surrounding several of the Palestinian deaths over the past weeks remain disputed.

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