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Israeli troops remove sign featuring slain Palestinian teen in Hebron

Feb. 22, 2016 1:37 P.M. (Updated: Feb. 22, 2016 10:39 P.M.)
HEBRON (Ma’an) -- Israeli forces removed a memorial sign which featured a young Palestinian woman killed by Israeli soldiers in September in the southern occupied West Bank city of Hebron.

Activists from the Palestinian group Youth Against Settlements had put up the memorial at the entrance of shuttered al-Shuhada street in Hebron, in memory of 18-year-old Hadeel al-Hashlamon, who was shot at at least 10 times by Israeli soldiers last year.

Israeli forces claimed at the time that al-Hashlamon was carrying a knife and threatening the soldiers.

However, Amnesty International slammed her killing, calling it an “extrajudicial execution."

The NGO said it had gathered evidence which showed that “she at no time posed a sufficient threat to the soldiers to make their use of deliberate lethal force permissible.”

A key eyewitness to the event said at the time that Israeli soldiers ordered al-Hashlamon to leave the area after she crossed a checkpoint in Hebron. However, the Palestinian teenager did not understand Hebrew, and tried to exit through a movable barrier on the side of the checkpoint.

Israeli soldiers then fired three warning shots at her, the eyewitness said, asking her in Hebrew to stop before shooting her once in both legs and four times into her chest and abdomen.

Another shot was then fired at her body as she lay on the ground, he said.

Over 170 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces and settlers since a wave of unrest spread across the occupied Palestinian territory in October.

The unrest has been marked by a surge of small-scale attacks carried out by Palestinian individuals -- predominantly on Israeli military targets -- which have left over 25 Israelis dead, with the majority of suspected Palestinian attackers shot dead on site.

Increased military presence has spread across the Hebron district since October, with the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs reporting higher restrictions in the district than any other area across the occupied Palestinian territory.

Israeli military checkpoints have been set up at the entrances to many Hebron-district villages, and residents have reported harassment, arbitrary detentions, an increase in traffic, and curfews.

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