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Israeli forces shoot, kill Palestinian teen south of Hebron
Published Wednesday 19/03/2014 (updated) 21/03/2014 11:02
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An Israeli soldier aims his weapon towards Palestinian protesters
during clashes on the outskirts of Jalazun refugee camp, near the
West Bank city of Ramallah, on January 31, 2014.(AFP/Abbas Momani)
HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces shot and killed a Palestinian teenager in the Hebron district on Wednesday, security and medical sources said.

The sources said the 15-year-old was attempting to cross Israel's separation wall near the southernmost West Bank area of al-Ramadin when Israeli forces shot him dead.

Israeli troops gave him no warning before shooting him, the sources said.

The youth was identified as Yousef Nayif Yousef Shawamrah Abu Akar from the village of Deir al-Asal al-Fauqa south of Hebron.

Israeli forces have yet to deliver his body.

Witnesses said the victim had been foraging for local plants when he was shot, but the army claimed he and two others had been vandalising the security fence.

"Three suspects sabotaged the security fence in Deir al-Asal Atachta, and soldiers at the scene called them to distance themselves and fired warning shots in the air," an Israeli army spokeswoman said.

"After all efforts were exhausted the soldiers fired at the main instigators' lower extremities and a hit was identified."

The victim was evacuated to an Israeli hospital, where he died from his wounds.

But the victim's brother, Abed Shawamreh, 23, denied the army's account and said the teenager had been out looking for gundelia, a thistle-type plant used in cooking.

"Every year, people from the village go out to pick gundelia. Today Yussef went with his friends to pick some in an area close to the wall and the army shot at them. They hit him and arrested two of his friends," he told AFP.

AFP contributed to this report
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1 ) Maureen / Australia
19/03/2014 19:25
Another heinous crime committed by those who claim Gode gave them the land! The f#$"?&?!ing so called security fence (apatheid wall) should not even have been built!

2 ) Harry / Canada
19/03/2014 20:43
That security wall has already saved a lot of lives, both Arab and Israeli. There's been a fad lately for Palestinian kids to climb the wall and try and cut the wire on top of it. he didn't respond to calls and warning shots by the soldiers, so paid a price for it. Blame his death on the jerks who filled his youthful brain with hateful propaganda, what they should be teaching their own people is to work towards coexistence, and then the wall will come down easily.

3 ) Camilla jones / USA
19/03/2014 21:38
Can we imagine what the reaction would be if an Israeli teen had been shot? All killing is evil. But killing the young is especially evil.

4 ) Kathy P / USA
19/03/2014 22:13
So... Another unarmed civilian... So hungry, he was foraging for thistles.. And was shot with a high powered assault rifle.. For the amusement of a heavily armed solder... With nothing better to do than take pot shots at the pesky goy....

5 ) Nico / USA
20/03/2014 01:22
Harry, you directly contradict the article you're commenting on. Ma'ana News says there was no warning for him to ignore. He was murdered. Don't victim blame. That's awful and you should be ashamed of yourself.

6 ) Greg / Ireland
20/03/2014 21:37
always the innocent, IDF should be outlawed, far to after they use children for target practice,

7 ) Howard J / Wales
21/03/2014 11:31
Harry, watch the Oscar-nominated film "5 Broken Cameras". You might just change your mind about the way Israeli troops work towards coexistence.

8 ) R Bishop / UK
27/03/2014 21:02
Shame on the poster identifying as "Harry". In one sense, I find the smearing of an executed teenager morally more execrable than the original murder. It's a kind of gratuitous hate tourism.
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