Israeli forces shoot dead Palestinian child in West Bank

Israeli soldiers chase a Palestinian near the town of Al-Bireh on August 9, 2014.

An eleven-year-old Palestinian has been shot dead outside his home by Israeli troops near the occupied West Bank city of al-Khalil (Hebron), witnesses and medics say.

Palestinian sources say Mohammed Khalil al-Anati was killed in al-Fawwar refugee camp near al-Khalil on Sunday.

Relatives say the boy was playing outside his home when Israeli troops opened fire on him from a close range.

“Khalil was playing in front of the house, then we heard gunfire. The kid was screaming and fell down,” said Yussef al-Anati, with his shirt soaked in blood after carrying his nephew to hospital.

Medical sources say the boy succumbed to his injuries on the way to hospital.

“He was shot in the back and the bullet exited through his stomach.” Media outlets quoted a Palestinian medic as saying.

This comes as a teenage Palestinian protester was shot dead at a anti-Israeli demonstration in the occupied West Bank city of al-Bireh adjacent to Ramallah on Friday.

Figures show nearly 20 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli soldiers in the West Bank over the past month. Most of them were shot dead during continuous protest rallies against the Israeli onslaught on the besieged Gaza Strip.

Angry Palestinian demonstrators in the West Bank have held numerous protests against Israel since the onslaught against Gaza began more than a month ago.

Israeli soldiers have frequently used live ammunition and plastic bullets to disperse thousands of angry anti-war Palestinian protesters in the occupied region.

Palestinians in the West Bank have said they were out in the streets to show solidarity with their brothers and sisters killed in Gaza.

This comes as the latest Israeli military aggression against Gaza, which began on July 8, has claimed the lives of more than 1,918 Palestinians, including more than 400 children, and wounded about 10,000 others.

By Press TV


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