Palestinian teen gunned down by Israeli soldiers


WEST BANK: Israeli soldiers shot dead a Palestinian teenager early Sunday in the occupied West Bank, Palestinian officials said.

Security officials said that troops entered the village of Beit Rima, near Ramallah, after midnight and were confronted by stone-throwing youths.

The Palestinian health ministry said that Ahmed Hazem Atta, 19, was killed in the ensuing army fire.

An Israeli army spokeswoman said that there was a “violent riot” at Beit Rima but could not confirm the death.

Israeli army have killed 244 Palestinians since October 2015.

The West Bank city of Hebron has seen the highest number of fatalities, with 80 Palestinians shot dead by Israeli forces. This was followed by Al-Quds, where 51 Palestinians have been killed within the past year.

Israel occupied East Al-Quds and the West Bank during the 1967 Middle East War. It later annexed the city in 1980, claiming it as the unified capital of the self-proclaimed Jewish state – a move never recognized by the international community.