Palestinian teen killed by IDF south of Hebron

Palestinian teen killed by IDF south of Hebron

Army says youth was sabotaging the security fence, but Palestinians say he was merely trying to cross

Illustrative: A section of the security fence near Hebron (Wikipedia)
Illustrative: A section of the security fence near Hebron (Wikipedia)

Israeli troops shot and killed a Palestinian youth in the southern West Bank on Wednesday.

“Yussef Sami Shawamreh, 15, was killed by the Israeli army near the separation barrier, close to al-Ramadin village,” a Palestinian source told AFP, indicating that the body was still with the army.

The IDF said that soldiers had identified three suspects attempting to “sabotage the security fence” at Deir al-Asal at-Tahta village, south of Hebron — one was seen cutting the fence and two others were observing.

The soldiers “called on [the suspects] to distance themselves” from the fence before firing warning shots, “and after all efforts were exhausted,” fired toward the lower extremities of the suspect attempting to cut the fence and hit him, the IDF spokesperson said in a statement, adding that the suspect was evacuated to an Israeli hospital and died of his wounds.

The Ma’an news agency reported that Shawamreh was attempting to cross the security fence near the southernmost end of al-Ramadin when he was shot, but that the soldiers fired without warning.

The incident came two days after four Palestinians were reportedly injured in clashes with IDF soldiers in the city. The IDF confirmed that Palestinians threw rocks at the soldiers, injuring one, but said it was not aware of any Palestinian injuries.

Thousands of Palestinians protested in Hebron Monday to show support for Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, who was in Washington, DC, to meet with President Barack Obama.

On Saturday, four Border Police officers were lightly injured outside a village near Hebron when a Palestinian man struck them with his car. Police suspect the incident may have been a deliberate attack, though the driver claimed the collision was accidental.

AFP contributed to this report.

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