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Israel forces kill Palestine teenager in West Bank

Agencies
A 16-year-old Palestinian teenager has died after being shot by Israeli soldiers in the occupied West Bank, according to Palestinian officials.
Mohammad Abdallah Hamed was shot and wounded by Israeli gunfire on Friday evening near the town of Silwad, northeast of Ramallah, and was taken away by Israeli forces, the official Palestinian news agency Wafa reported.
It said the teen died in Israeli custody, and that the army was expected to release the body later on Saturday.
The Palestinian foreign ministry described his killing as an “execution”.
The mayor of Silwad said residents had “announced a general strike in the village denouncing this crime”.
The Israeli military said soldiers had fired at a group of Palestinians who were throwing stones along a main highway.
It confirmed shooting one person, but gave no further details on their condition or whereabouts.
“Soldiers at the scene operated to stop the suspects in accordance with standard operating procedures, using live fire as a last resort,” it said.
More than 60 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces this year, many of them in raids, according to the Palestinian health ministry.
Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh was killed by Israeli forces on May 11 while she was covering a raid of Jenin, in the occupied West Bank.
At least 19 people have been killed in Israel in attacks by Palestinian individuals since March.
Nearly 500,000 Israeli settlers live in more than 130 settlements scattered across the West Bank, many of which are fully built up and now resemble suburbs or small towns.
Nearly 3 million Palestinians live in the West Bank under Israeli military rule.
The Palestinians and much of the international community view the settlements as a violation of international law and an obstacle to peace because they absorb and divide up the land on which a future Palestinian state would be established.

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