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Teen shot by settlers dies in hospital

Jan. 29, 2011 9:07 A.M. (Updated: Jan. 30, 2011 8:45 A.M.)
HEBRON (Ma’an) – Palestinian medical sources announced the death of 17-year-old Yousef Ikhleil on Friday night, hours after the teenager was shot in the head by settlers from a nearby illegal settlement north of Hebron.

The boy and a second villager were both injured, with the second casualty suffering only moderate injuries. The settler shooting incident was the second in as many days.

On Thursday, 19-year-old Uday Maher Qadous was shot and killed while working on his land near the northern West Bank village of Iraq Burin alongside his cousin.

The Israeli military on Friday condemned both events and said settler suspects had been arrested.

"The security forces wish to condemn the two violent incidents of the past 24 hours," said a statement from Israel's Civil Administration, the military department which maintains civil control over areas labeled "Area C" across the occupied West Bank.

"The Israeli police have started a thorough investigation of the events with the Israel Defence Forces and the Civil Administration, in cooperation with Palestinian Security forces," it said.

"So far, a number of Israeli settlers were arrested in suspicion of involvement in the recent events," it said, and warned both sides to keep the peace. "Action will be taken against all forms of violence on either side."

Villagers in Iraq Burin, where a 19-year-old farmer was shot the day before, reported a large military presence in the village, and said roads in and out had been partially blocked.

AFP contributed to this report
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