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Israel returns body of Palestinian American teen shot dead near Ramallah

Feb. 27, 2016 9:26 A.M. (Updated: Feb. 27, 2016 5:08 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma’an) -- The Israeli authorities late Friday returned the body of a Palestinian American teenager who was shot dead after he reportedly attempted to stab Israeli soldiers stationed at a military checkpoint north of Ramallah in the occupied West Bank.

The Palestinian Ministry of Civil Affairs said the body of 17-year-old Mahmoud Muhammad Ali Shaalan was returned to his family and taken to Palestine Medical Complex.

Shaalan’s body is expected to undergo autopsy at the Institute for Forensic Medicine at al-Quds University.

The body was returned hours after Shaalan was shot and killed by Israeli soldiers at a military checkpoint by the illegal Beit El settlement. No Israelis were injured during the alleged stab attempt.

The Palestinian Ministry of Health said Shaalan’s body was “riddled with bullets.”

Shaalan is from the village of Deir Dibwan east of Ramallah and also has American citizenship.

He was one of more than 30 of at least 180 Palestinians to be killed since October to be under the age of 18.

The majority of of those killed in the recent unrest were shot while carrying out attempted or actual attacks on Israeli military targets or Israeli settlements, while others were killed during clashes with Israeli forces.

Amnesty International in a report released this week said a number of Palestinians killed when the unrest began were killed “unlawfully.”

The rights group said that many deaths resulted when Israeli police and military forces fatally shot Palestinians who carried out attacks -- or were suspected of intending attacks -- in “circumstances where they were not posing an imminent threat to life and could have been apprehended.”
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