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Israeli settler kills Palestinian teen in Hebron after alleged attack

Oct. 17, 2015 9:20 A.M. (Updated: Oct. 17, 2015 6:10 P.M.)
Israeli forces and settlers gather around the body of Fadil Qawasmi, 18, in Hebron on Oct. 17, 2015. (MaanImages)
HEBRON (Ma'an) – An Israeli settler shot and killed a Palestinian teenager Saturday morning on Hebron's Shuhada Street in the occupied West Bank, locals said.

A resident of the area, Mufeed Sharabati, said the settler shot the boy near the illegal Israeli settlement outpost Beit Haddassah. The boy laid motionless on the ground as Israeli soldiers tried to resuscitate him.

Sharabati added that "paramedics of the Palestinian Red Crescent arrived but Israeli soldiers didn't allow them to access the young man. The soldiers then covered the young man's face then took him in an ambulance to unknown destination."

He added that he saw settlers "distributing candies" following the death.

An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma'an that a Palestinian had tried to stab the Israeli settler when the settler "opened live fire on the assailant," killing him. No injuries were reported.

The teenager was identified as Fadil Qawasmi, 18. Less than two hours after his death, a 16-year-old Palestinian was shot dead in occupied East Jerusalem, also for attempting an attack.

Shuhada Street, where the Hebron attack took place, is at the heart of tensions in Hebron's Old City where Israeli forces have severely restricted Palestinian access since 1994.

Local Palestinians are prevented from accessing most of the street in order to "secure" the area for around 600 Jewish settlers who have taken over homes and evicted residents in the area. The few Palestinian residents left have to access their homes from their back entrances.

Palestinians may only access the street by passing through an Israeli military checkpoint with a metal detector, causing some locals to question whether Qawasmi could have been carrying a knife at the time of the alleged attack.

In the last two weeks, two Palestinians were shot dead after carrying out attacks on Israeli forces in the illegal settlement of Kiryat Arba. An Israeli police officer and a soldier were wounded in the attacks.

Israeli settlers have carried out reprisal attacks on locals and their property, often in the presence of armed Israeli forces.

Earlier this week Israeli forces raided homes in Hebron belonging to the families of three Palestinians killed after carrying out alleged attacks.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has called for punitive demolitions of the family homes of suspected attackers, despite warnings by rights groups that the practice is illegal, displacing innocent people for crimes they have not committed.

Qawasmi was the 38th Palestinian to be killed since the start of the month in Israel and occupied Palestinian territory, while seven Israelis have been killed by Palestinians in the same period.

Colin Wright / USA
When a Zionist says a Palestinian tried to stab him so he killed him, the only thing we know is that the Zionist killed the Palestinian. Regardless of what actually happened, the Zionist would say that the Palestinian attacked him.
17/10/2015 09:50
Veronica / UK
The Palestinian Authority has for years paid out - and still pays out - hundreds of thousands of shekels to individual Palestinian terrorists sentenced in Israel to long jail sentences for multiple murders, according to official PA documents.
17/10/2015 09:53
Edna / Canada
Every rank-and-file terrorist is awarded a stipend of up to 10,000 shekels per month while behind bars. Under the reign of Mahmoud Abbas, head of the Palestinian Authority, therefore, the rewards of terror are substantial and long-lasting.
17/10/2015 09:55
Geoff / UK
''but Israeli soldiers didn't allow them to access the young man.'' He is bandaged in the accompanying image.
''he saw settlers "distributing candies" following the death.'' A spurious highly unlikely comment.
17/10/2015 09:58
Muhamed / PS
Stop incite and lie! Please tell your people the truth that you do crimes!
17/10/2015 11:24
Mel / UK
p.s.UN should send a peace-keeping force to the OPT's.Israel is out of control.UN must protect the pluralistic Holy Land from Zionism's Absolutism.
17/10/2015 11:44
Mel / UK
So, a radical Jewish settler is allowed to walk the occupied streets with a loaded gun(distance weapon), but an occupied non-Jew can only defend his life with a(close-quarter) knife?
17/10/2015 12:03
Wael Abunemeh / Palestine
Please, be careful when you try to analyse the video. The soldier with the wireless communication device on his back (who leans later on his knees) is the one who takes the knife from the soldier standing next to him. So the circle should be on that soldier.
17/10/2015 12:52
Someone / Palestine
Look at the knife that was put beside the body by israeli policman in the video...
17/10/2015 16:30
Sabrin / Usa
The video for this attack is all over the internet already. It shows the soldier handing a knife to another soldier and throwing it next to the body of the palestinian body. Wale up world. They have been lying for around 70 years enough is enough free Palestine 🇵🇸 🇵🇸
17/10/2015 20:15
luigi diana / italia
There is not a knife......The video is fake of criminals and terrorists.In your dream there is a knife
18/10/2015 12:30
ian / australia (2)
(contd.) Jews in Hebron treat Palestinians like animals and if an armed settler thinks a Palestinian poses a threat and kills him, that's just fine with the soldiers deployed there to protect them. They could collude and plant a knife, but, really, why would they bother?
19/10/2015 07:12
ian / australia (1)
To me the video shows one soldier handing a phone back to another and it's wishful thinking to think they've been caught planting a knife. But think about it. With the scene sealed off and the new policy of not returning bodies who needs a knife? It's not as though it's going to be Exhibit A at the settler's trial. But that's the point.
19/10/2015 11:49
ian / australia (2)
(contd.) Jews in Hebron treat Palestinians like animals and if an armed settler thinks a Palestinian poses a threat and kills him, that's just fine with the soldiers deployed there to protect them. They could collude and plant a knife, but, really, why would they bother?
19/10/2015 11:50
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