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Officials identify Palestinian teen killed at Bethlehem-area checkpoint

May 23, 2017 11:02 A.M. (Updated: May 23, 2017 3:05 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- A Palestinian teenager who was shot and killed by Israeli forces at an occupied West Bank checkpoint while allegedly attempting to carry out a stabbing attack on Monday was identified by Palestinian officials on Tuesday morning.

The Palestinian Civil Liaison said the boy as 15-year-old Raed Ahmad Radayda, a resident of the village of al-Ubeidiya in the southern West Bank district of Bethlehem.

Radayda, who was previously reported to be 16 years old, was shot and killed by Israeli border police as he allegedly approached the Israeli Container checkpoint northeast of Bethlehem while holding a knife on Monday afternoon.

No Israelis were injured in the alleged attack.

Israeli police did not immediately confirm that Radayda had been killed, using the ambiguous term “neutralized,” despite eyewitnesses telling Ma’an that Israeli forces covered his body with a blanket on the scene and prevented Palestinian Red Crescent medics from reaching the teen.

According to Ma’an documentation, Radayda is one of 25 Palestinians to have been killed by Israelis since the beginning of 2017, nine of whom were minors. Seven Israelis have been killed by Palestinians during the same time frame.

Radayda was one of three Palestinians who have died in the span of a week -- including a young man who was killed by an Israeli settler during clashes, and a teenage girl who succumbed to her wounds two months after being shot by Israeli forces during an alleged car-ramming attack.

Israel has come under repeated criticism for using lethal force on Palestinians who posed no threat or could have been detained through nonlethal means, with the Palestinian leadership, rights groups, and the United Nations condemning Israeli forces of carrying out "extrajudicial executions."
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