Israeli Soldiers Kill Palestinian Teen

Israeli Soldiers Kill Palestinian Teen
Israeli Soldiers Kill Palestinian Teen

A 16-year-old Palestinian was shot dead by Israeli troops in eastern Beit al-Muqaddas. Israeli police said he tried to attack border patrol officers near a checkpoint.

The police statement said that the Palestinian youth began running towards the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) officers wielding a knife. One of the officers pushed him away and teenager started to sprint towards the crossing, RT wrote.

The report said the border police first fired warning shots into the air. When the youth continued his march, troops “fired precise shots neutralizing him.”

Medical staff at the scene said the teenager died of his injuries. The incident happened at around midnight near the A-Zayyim checkpoint in the occupied West Bank, which was captured by Israel in 1967.

Tensions in the Jerusalem areas have been on the rise since the Gaza conflict that killed 2,200 people in 50 days in 2014.

In related news, Israel agreed last week to transfer taxes it has been withholding from the Palestinian Authority since December, according to the Palestinian prime minister. Israel started retaining taxes in response to Palestine’s decision to join the International Criminal Court.