Israeli army kills Palestinian youth in occupied West Bank

Sergio Conner
June 9, 2018

A Palestinian teen jailed for slapping an Israeli soldier near her home in the occupied West Bank lost an appeal on Wednesday for her early release, her supporters said.

The UN and European Union have accused Israel of using excessive force, while rights groups say the open fire orders are illegal because soldiers are shooting toward unarmed people when their lives are not in imminent danger.

Najjar, 21, was killed in last week's protests while trying to evacuate wounded Palestinians.

The shooting occurred amid clashes that broke out when troops entered the village to arrest a suspect.

More than 120 Palestinian demonstrators have been killed in eastern Gaza by Israeli army gunfire - and thousands more injured - since the rallies began more than two months ago. The Palestinians say most of the dead and the thousands who have been wounded were unarmed civilians.

"An initial examination regarding the incident. found that a small number of bullets were fired. and that no shots were deliberately or directly aimed towards her", part of a brief statement issued by the Israeli army said.

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Eyewitnesses said the soldiers assassinated the Palestinian, directly and repeatedly firing at him, in addition to attacking dozens of Palestinians. The marchers have also pressed demands for a "right of return" for descendants of Palestinian refugees to ancestral homes in what is now Israel. "We need real Arab support and solidarity with our cause", said Saleh, a student of Arabic literature who wore a medical mask against the tear gas.

Israel's use of potentially lethal force against the protesters has drawn worldwide criticism.

Israel captured east Jerusalem in the 1967 Mideast war and annexed it to its capital, a move not recognized by most of the global community.

Demonstrators also chanted anti-American slogans to condemn the USA decision to move its embassy to Jerusalem.

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