Palestinian Teenager Killed in Israeli Raid in Occupied West Bank

Israeli troops shot dead a Palestinian teenager while attacking the northern city of Jenin in the occupied West Bank, the Palestinian health ministry and local media said.

The Health Ministry identified the dead teenager as 17-year-old Amjad al-Fayyed. He said an 18-year-old Palestinian man was in critical condition after being wounded by Israeli gunfire.

“A 17-year-old boy was killed and an 18-year-old boy was seriously injured by the Israeli occupation’s bullets during its aggression on Jenin,” the ministry said in a statement.

Local media reported that clashes broke out outside the Jenin refugee camp as Israeli forces stormed the area, and al-Fayyed was hit by a dozen shots to his upper body.

The Israeli army said Palestinian suspects shot at its soldiers and threw firebombs at them. “The soldiers responded with live fire towards the suspects. Hits were identified,” the army said.

It was not immediately clear if the slain teen was one of those suspects.

The Palestinian Islamic Jihad group described the teenager as one of its members and said he had been involved in fighting Israeli soldiers. Photos that circulated on social media showed him holding a rifle.

A hub for Palestinian armed groups, the Jenin area has been repeatedly raided by Israeli forces since a wave of attacks in late March, with many of the perpetrators hailing from there. Operations to track down suspects and clashes with Palestinians have often turned deadly for both sides.

‘Thorough and transparent’ investigation

‘Thorough and transparent’ investigation

Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh condemned the killing.

“We warn against the consequences of the occupation’s continued crimes against our people. We urge the international community to condemn them and hold the perpetrators accountable,” Shtayyeh said in a statement.

Immediately after the announcement of al-Fayyed’s assassination, a march began in front of Ibn Sina Hospital in the city, with mourners carrying his body on their shoulders and marching through the streets.

The number of Palestinians killed in Jenin since the beginning of 2022 has reached 20

Israel says it is carrying out “counterterrorism activities” to arrest wanted fighters and planners of recent deadly attacks in the occupied West Bank and Israel.

On May 11, Shireen Abu Akleh, a veteran Palestinian-American journalist for the Al Jazeera Media Network, was killed by Israeli forces while covering an Israeli raid in Jenin. Israel accused Palestinian fighters of shooting the journalist, but she later recanted.

On Thursday, the Israeli military announced that it will not conduct an investigation, saying that an investigation treating Israeli soldiers as suspects will generate opposition within Israeli society.

The US State Department renewed calls for a “thorough and transparent” investigation, but stopped short of calling for an independent investigation.

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