Israeli soldiers killed a Palestinian teenager in an occupied West Bank village on Thursday as video emerged of Border Police forces firing on a woman as she lay on the ground one day earlier.
Khalid Bahr Ahmad Bahr, 15, was shot dead in the Beit Ommar village near the West Bank city of Hebron.
An image of the boy circulated on social media:
The Israeli military claimed that Bahr was killed after he threw stones at an army patrol jeep.
“After being hit with the stones, the soldiers exited the jeep and were again pelted with rocks, injuring one lightly,” the Tel Aviv newspaper Haaretz reported.
“According to the [Israeli military], the soldiers initiated the army’s arrest protocol, at which point the Palestinian was killed,” Haaretz added.
The Israeli human rights group B’Tselem has previously stated that the military’s “open-fire regulations permit shooting at the legs of a suspect in order to facilitate his arrest.”
Referring to a February 2015 incident in which a Palestinian was killed after being shot in chest and head, the group added, “They do not permit killing him by firing three shots at his upper body.”
Palestinian health officials claimed that Israeli forces prevented Palestine Red Crescent emergency medics from gaining immediate access to Bahr, who was already dead by the time they were able to reach him.
Graphic video from the scene shows a Palestinian medic checking the boy’s pulse as soldiers stand nearby. Another segment of the video shows soldiers dispersing Palestinians who gathered at the scene, firing what appears to be tear gas.
The video also shows the medic examining Bahr’s bloodied body, explaining that a bullet entered the boy’s upper chest and exited his back.
Israeli forces transferred Bahr’s body to an unknown location, the Ma’an News Agency reported.
Woman shot while lying on ground
Meanwhile on Thursday, video emerged showing four Israeli Border Police combatants shooting at a Palestinian woman as she lay on the ground several feet away from them:
Rahiq Shaji Birawi, 23, was killed at the Zaatara checkpoint near the West Bank city of Nablus on Wednesday. An Israeli police spokesperson claimed that the woman was killed as she approached the Border Police while brandishing a knife. read more here………..The Electronic Intifada
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