Israeli forces kill Palestinian teen after checkpoint shooting

Israeli border police officers take up positions in the Israeli-occupied West Bank. (Photo: Ammar Awad/Reuters/File)

According to the Palestinian news agency Wafa, a shooting attack at the military checkpoint at Qalandia in the occupied West Bank left a Palestinian teenager bleeding to death.

Ishaq Hamdi Ajlouni, 17, opened fire at the checkpoint on Saturday, lightly injuring a security guard, according to the news agency. Israeli forces then shot and killed him.

Aljouni was listed as a member of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades. The organization is Fatah's armed wing, which governs the Palestinian Authority, which has only limited autonomy in the occupied territory.

The brigades claimed in a statement that "our brave fighters... were able to directly target occupation [Israeli] soldiers at Qalandia checkpoint."

The young shooter, who came from the Kufr Aqab neighborhood to the north of the checkpoint, allegedly used an M-16 rifle to commit the shooting, according to police.

The main crossing point for Palestinians between Ramallah, the West Bank location of the Palestinian Authority, and occupied east Jerusalem is the Qalandia checkpoint.

Since Israeli forces invaded the Jenin refugee camp on Monday to take two suspects into custody, violence has erupted throughout the West Bank this past week.

Volker Turk, the High Commissioner for Human Rights at the UN, denounced Israel's use of "advanced military weaponry" in the raids on Friday, and the US said the same day that it is "actively engaging" with Israel in response to the uptick in hostilities.

A 20-year first in the West Bank, Israeli forces used helicopter gunships to attack the Jenin camp. In addition to killing 91 people, the attack left 91 others injured.

Four Israeli settlers were killed by Palestinian gunmen at a gas station between the Palestinian cities of Ramallah and Nablus a day after the deadly raid.

One Palestinian man was killed by Israeli settlers who stormed Palestinian towns hours after that shooting, setting buildings on fire and wrecking cars.

As Israel has increased its military raids in the occupied territory recently under its most right-wing government yet, tensions in the region have been at an all-time high.

More than 700,000 Israelis reside in settlements that are illegal and not recognized by international law in the 1967-acquired West Bank and occupied East Jerusalem.

Publish : 2023-06-25 11:01:00

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