Palestine: Israeli forces kill 14-year-old Palestinian boy in West Bank raid

21st Jun 2014


Israeli troops killed a Palestinian teenager in the occupied West Bank on Friday and arrested 25 people, pursuing a weeklong crackdown against Palestinians and house-to-house raids for three Israeli teenagers who went missing eight days ago.

Troops also wounded two Palestinians in a refugee camp just outside Jerusalem, medical sources said.

Palestinian medics said Mohammed Jihad Dudin was killed in the village of Dura, near the city of Hebron in the West Bank, Ma’an news agency reported. The Israeli military said troops had fired live ammunition when rocks and firebombs were thrown at them during an arrest raid.

According to Ma’an, Dudin died after being shot in the chest by live bullets. He was 14 years old.

Israel said it arrested 25 people overnight in some 200 towns, refugee camps and cities in the West Bank, totaling 330 arrests including 240 from Hamas, the Islamist group Israel accuses of kidnapping three Israeli teenagers who went missing near a Zionist settlement on June 13.

Dudin was the second Palestinian youth killed since these raids began.

Palestinian prime minister Rami Hamdallah – the head of the new unity government appointed on June 2 – attended the main weekly Muslim prayers in Hebron later Friday, but the Israeli army prevented him from attending Dudin’s burial in Dura.

In Qalandia refugee camp just north of Jerusalem, troops shot and wounded two young Palestinians, medics said.

Mustafa Aslan, 20, was in critical condition at Hadassah hospital in Jerusalem while Mohammed Shehada, 21, was being treated in the West Bank city of Ramallah.

Palestinians threw a hand grenade wounding a soldier lightly elsewhere in the West Bank, the Israeli military claimed.

Some 1,150 homes and offices in the territory have thus far been searched, the military said, in its mission to deal a blow to Hamas while in pursuit of the three Israeli teenagers.

Numerous photos in the past week showed Palestinian homes in complete disarray after Israeli soldiers turned over and broke furniture in their search for the teenagers.

Israel has yet to provide concrete evidence behind its claims that Hamas is responsible for the disappearance of the three settlers.

Farhan Haq, a spokesperson for UN leader Ban Ki-Moon, said Tuesday that the United Nations has no “concrete evidence” that the Israeli teens were “actually” kidnapped by Hamas.

Israel has also struck out at welfare organizations it accuses of aiding Hamas. Soldiers raided 30 such institutions on Thursday.

Reuters television footage showed soldiers loading files and computers from an office called “Islamic Charitable Society” in Hebron, onto a truck.

Israel also said it was shutting down activities of the British-based Islamic Relief Worldwide (IRW).

Speaking to Israeli forces involved in the West Bank arrests and searches, Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon said: “We have no intention to sow unrest on the ground – we are acting responsibly.”

In the Gaza Strip, Israel carried out three air strikes overnight.

There were no reported casualties in these attacks.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has condemned the kidnappings but has charged that the extent of Israel’s raids amounted to collective punishment and urged they be condemned.

PA foreign minister Riyad al-Malki on Friday accused Israel of overreacting in its response to three missing teenagers and said it had yet to prove Hamas was behind their disappearance.

“He cannot keep blaming one side without showing evidence. When you go to court if you don’t show evidence you lose your case,” Malki told AFP on the sidelines of a conference at the French Senate in Paris.

“Three kids have disappeared, but in exchange for that the Israeli army has taken 300 Palestinians… they have destroyed more than 150 Palestinian homes since last week,” he said.

“Their reaction went beyond logic and what infuriates me the most is the lack of reaction from the international community.”

He described Israel’s reaction as “exaggerated” and suggested it may be “dragging” on the search for political purposes.

Hamas has dismissed Israel’s accusations as “stupid,” but spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said in Gaza on Thursday “regardless of who was responsible … the Palestinian people have the right to use all forms of resistance in order to liberate land and people.”

(Reuters, Al-Akhbar, AFP, Ma’an)


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