Israel kills two Palestinian teenagers in occupied West Bank

Israel kills two Palestinian teenagers in occupied West Bank
Two Palestinian teenagers were killed in the occupied West Bank near the cities of Bethlehem and Ramallah
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13 April, 2022

Occupying Israeli forces killed two Palestinians in separate operations in the occupied West Bank on Wednesday evening.

A 14-year-old Palestinian was shot dead in the occupied town of Husan near Bethlehem. Locals identified him as Qusai Fuad Hamamra.

The Israeli military said he had thrown a petrol bomb at the soldiers, who "used live ammunition in order to stop the immediate threat."

Shortly after, the Israeli army shot dead a Palestinian teenager near Ramallah following an arrest operation, the Palestinian health ministry said.

Shortly after, the health ministry announced the death of another Palestinian teen elsewhere in the West Bank, a ministry statement said Amer Elyan, 18, was killed by "a live bullet in the chest" fired by the Israeli army following an operation in Silwad, with six other Palestinians injured in the clash.

Earlier on Wednesday, troops shot dead a Palestinian human rights lawyer in the city of Nablus on the fifth day of military raids in the Occupied West Bank, the Palestinian health ministry said.

"The young man, Muhammad Hassan Muhammad Assaf, 34, died after being shot in the chest by the Israeli occupation army during the aggression on the city of Nablus," the ministry said.

The killings came after a Palestinian man from Jenin went on a shooting rampage in a Tel Aviv nightlife area on Thursday, killing three Israelis and wounding more than a dozen others.

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In response, Israel's Prime Minister on Friday gave security agencies "full freedom" of operation in response to the attack.

"There are not and will not be limits for this war," Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said.

Rights groups have repeatedly slammed Israeli forces for showing "appalling disregard for human life" by using "reckless and unlawful lethal force" against Palestinians.

Amnesty International has repeatedly urged an end to the "worrying rise in unlawful killings by Israeli forces, fostered by a culture of impunity".