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Monitor: Palestinian teen shot dead in clashes in Silwan

Nov. 29, 2015 10:04 P.M. (Updated: Nov. 30, 2015 2:58 P.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces on Sunday evening shot dead a Palestinian teenage boy during clashes in the neighborhood of Silwan in occupied East Jerusalem, a local monitoring group said.

The Wadi Hilweh Information Center said that 17-year-old Ayman Samih al-Abbasi died after he was shot in his chest in the Ras al-Amoud area of Silwan.

Israeli forces subsequently stormed the local Ein al-Lozeh medical center searching for the boy's body, but were reportedly unable to find it, the information center said, adding that Israeli police held medical staff inside the center and prevented them from leaving.

Abbasi had previously spent 18 months in Israeli jails and a further 10 months under house arrest, the information center added.

The circumstances in which he was killed were initially unclear, with locals saying that the Ras al-Amoud area was mostly calm before he was shot dead.

Israeli police spokesperson Micky Rosenfeld said that Israeli police had been carrying out patrols in the area when Palestinians threw "10 petrol bombs" at them.

Rosenfeld was unable to confirm that Israeli forces subsequently opened fire on Palestinians, but said police officers were still in the area.

Jawad Siyam, the director of the Wadi Hilweh Information Center, told Ma'an that it had been "quiet" in Silwan before Abbasi's death, but that fierce clashes broke out afterward.

He added that clashes broke out in the highly tense neighborhood "every day."

Following Abbasi's death, Palestinian groups were reported to have called for a "day of rage" on Monday.

Earlier on Sunday, an Israeli court ordered the demolition of two apartments in Silwan neighborhood, which has seen an influx of Israeli settlers in recent years in a bid to "Judaise" the population of East Jerusalem.

In August, the PLO slammed what it termed Israel's "systematic ethnic cleansing of Palestinians" in Silwan.

A photo of 17-year-old Ayman Samih al-Abbasi, who was shot dead by Israeli police on Sunday night.
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