Teenager Shot by Israeli Army near Ramallah, Succumbs to Wounds

RAMALLAH, August 1, 2015 (WAFA) – A Palestinian teenager Saturday succumbed to critical wounds he sustained after being shot by Israeli forces late Friday during clashes at ‘Atara Israeli military checkpoint to the north of Ramallah.

Laith al-Khaldi, 17, a Palestinian from the Jalazone refugee camp near Ramallah, was shot in the chest with a live bullet before being rushed to Palestine Medical Complex in Ramallah, where he succumbed to his injuries after undergoing two surgeries.

Several other Palestinians were reportedly injured with rubber-coated steel bullets during the clashes.

The clashes erupted during a march in protest of the Israeli settlers’ arson attack that led to the killing of an 18-month-old toddler, Ali Dawabsheh, in the Nablus village of Duma.

Israeli settlers Friday burnt Dawabsheh to death and seriously injured his father, Sa‘ad, his mother, Riham, together with his 4-year-old brother, Ahmad, causing them third degree burns.

Earlier Friday, a Palestinian teen was killed and another injured after they were targeted by Israeli forces near Beit Lahiya in northern Gaza Strip.

Israeli forces stationed in military watchtowers along the border to the north of Beit Lahiya opened fire on Muhammad al-Masri, 17, claiming his life and injuring another.

The two teens were rushed into Kamal Odwan Hospital, where al-Masri was pronounced dead and the other teen’s medical condition was described as moderate.

To be noted, the killing of teenager al-Khaldi, brings up the total number of Palestinians who were killed during the past 24 hours to three.