JERUSALEM, March 2 (AP) — Israeli forces shot dead a teenage boy Thursday in the northern occupied West Bank, the Palestinian health ministry said, the latest in months of violence. Together.
Mohammed Saleem, 15, and another teenager were shot in the chest and wounded in the back in the village of Azoun, near the town of Qalqilya, the ministry said. Salem died in hospital.
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Palestinian media reported that two people were injured when stones were thrown at Israeli troops entering the village. The Israeli military had no immediate comment.
As the violence that began last spring continues, Israeli forces have carried out almost daily raids in Palestinian-controlled areas of the West Bank.
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According to the Associated Press, since the beginning of this year, 64 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, about half of them militants. Palestinian attacks on Israelis killed 14 Israelis at the same time. This is one of the deadliest periods between Israelis and Palestinians in years.
Meanwhile, an Israeli court convicted four Jewish Israelis of inciting violence and terror for attending a wedding in which participants celebrated an arson attack that killed a Palestinian toddler and her parents .
The 2015 attack on the West Bank village of Douma killed 18-month-old Ali Dawabsheh and his parents, Riham and Saad, and drew condemnation from across Israel’s political spectrum.
Months after the attack, a video of the wedding aired on Israeli television appeared to show wedding guests brandishing rifles, dancing to music with lyrics calling for vengeance, and pictures of Ali being stabbed.
All four suspects were minors at the time of the wedding and were acquitted by a juvenile court, according to Israeli media reports. Prosecutors appealed the decision, leading to a conviction in the Jerusalem District Court on Thursday. (Associated Press)
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