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Israeli forces kill Palestinian teen in Duheisha camp

Dec. 8, 2015 8:59 A.M. (Updated: Dec. 8, 2015 1:33 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces shot dead a 19-year-old Palestinian during a predawn detention raid into Duheisha refugee camp to the south of Bethlehem on Tuesday.

Medics identified the Palestinian as Malik Akram Shahin and said he had been shot in the forehead, where the bullet remained lodged.

Witnesses said he was "left bleeding for long before he was evacuated to the public hospital in Beit Jala, where medics pronounced him dead."

He was killed when large numbers of Israeli forces stormed Duheisha camp in the early hours of Tuesday, detaining a number of local residents and delivering summons to others.

As the soldiers broke into Palestinians' homes, they reportedly fired live rounds, tear gas canisters, and stun grenades "indiscriminately" through the camp's narrow alleys.

An Israeli army spokesperson said that "overnight, a riot broke out" in Duheisha camp, with Palestinians throwing "pipe bombs and Molotov cocktails" at Israeli soldiers.

She said the soldiers fired "warning shots" into the air to disperse them. She had no immediate information on Shahin's death.

The left-wing Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine later said that Shahin had been one of its supporters. The group said in a statement that he fell "during fierce clashes with Israeli troops who raided the camp to detain young men affiliated to the PFLP."

The statement added: "The ongoing ugly crimes by the Israeli occupation against our young men who lead clashes at the front line won't prevent them from escalating the clashes with Israeli occupation soldiers and settlers."

Locals identified some of the Palestinians detained during the raid as Mustafa Atiyeh al-Hasanat, 20, Muhammad Ali Abu Ajamiyeh, 19, Diyaa Khalil al-Jaafari, 20, and Muhammad Ilias Sarahnah.

Shortly after Shahin was shot dead, dozens of young men rallied in the camp in protest. A Bethlehem committee announced a halt to all business across the district and stores were closed.

At least 114 Palestinians have now been killed in just over two months of unrest across the occupied Palestinian territory.
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