Israeli forces shoot dead Palestinian teen in West Bank

By | 2018-01-31T17:24:05+00:00 Wednesday - 31 January 2018 - 5:23 pm|Tags: , , , |
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Israeli forces shot dead a 16-year-old Palestinian on Tuesday as they stormed the village of Al-Mugheer in the West Bank, north of Ramallah, the Palestinian Health Ministry said.

The victim was identified as Laith Abu Naim. He died after Israeli soldiers shot him in the head.

Hundreds of protesters marched in the streets condemning his death and chanting, “We want to live in freedom.”

Meanwhile, a spokeswoman for the Israeli army said, “Violent riots are taking place in this area and burning tyres and stones were thrown at the soldiers.”

The West Bank witnessed major tensions after US president Donald Trump announced his recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, which led to the killing of 19 Palestinians.

However, despite international condemnation, US vice president Mike Pence announced earlier in January that the US embassy will be moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem by the end of 2018, causing more instability in the region.

“In the weeks ahead, our administration will advance its plan to open the United States embassy in Jerusalem – and that United States embassy will open before the end of next year,” Pence said.

“Jerusalem is Israel’s capital – and, as such, President Trump has directed the State Department to immediately begin preparations to move the United States embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.”

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