Bethlehem (QNN)- Israeli occupation forces shot dead on Tuesday night a Palestinian child in the al-Khader town, West of Bethlehem city in the southern occupied West Bank.
14-year-old Mohammad Shehadeh was shot and critically injured during confrontations last night between local residents and Israeli occupation soldiers who raided the town of al-Khader and opened gunfire at the Palestinians, injuring Shehadeh.
The occupation soldiers also prevented Palestinian ambulances from reaching him, leaving him to bleeding to death.
Video footage of the incident shows Shehadeh lying on the ground with Israeli soldiers surrounding him.
Hours later, the Palestinian Health Ministry of announced that that Shehadeh succumbed to his injuries.
Shehadeh’s killing comes only a few days after another teen, 19-year-old Nihad Barghouti from Kafr Ein village, was killed and shot by Israeli forces in the West Bank town of Nabi Saleh.
Israeli forces have killed thousands of Palestinians in the Occupied Territories over the years, and several international human rights groups say Israeli forces have used excessive force in attacking and subduing Palestinians.
“This policy [opening fire] reflects deep disregard for Palestinian lives and property and enables the continued use of lethal force, crucial to enabling Israel to retain its violent control over millions of Palestinians,” said Israeli human rights group, B’Tselem.
B’Tselem said it had recorded 77 Palestinian deaths at the hands of Israeli forces in the West Bank last year. More than half of those killed were not implicated in any attacks, it noted.