Israeli soldiers accused of killing Palestinian boy in West Bank

RAMALLAH, West Bank Sat Dec 7, 2013 4:09pm EST

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RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) - A 15-year-old Palestinian boy died of a gunshot wound in the occupied West Bank on Saturday, hospital officials said, and his father and two friends blamed Israeli troops guarding a nearby settlement for the shooting.

An Israeli military spokeswoman said a military police investigation had been opened but she did not have more details of events.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas blamed Israel in a statement for the "cold-blooded assassination" and said it was destructive to the peace process.

Doctors at the Ramallah hospital to where Wajih Wajdi Al-Ramahy was taken, said he died of a single gunshot wound. His father, Wajdi, said Israeli soldiers had shot him without being provoked.

The father, from the Jalazoun refugee camp near the town of Ramallah, said his son had left a grocery store when he was shot from the nearby settlement, about 300 metres away.

"I will send the body of my son for autopsy to prove he was killed by Israeli army gunfire and I will sue them," he said.

Two boys who said they were friends of Ramahy and that they were with him when he was shot also blamed Israeli soldiers. "Soldiers who appeared from an area at the fence fired at Wajih and killed him," one said.

The two boys refused to give their names.

There was no unrest in the area when the shooting occurred, the father said.

Seventeen Palestinians and four Israelis have been killed since U.S.-brokered talks began in July. Palestinian officials say the sides remain far apart on the central issues of borders, security, Jerusalem's status and Palestinian refugees.

(Reporting by Ali Sawafta; Writing by Ori Lewis; Editing by Pravin Char)

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Comments (5)
WhyMeLord wrote:
Israel has become a country of land-grabbing murderers, and must be go before a world court to answer for their crimes against humanity.
All this fuss about the Holocaust, and they are doing just the same.

Dec 07, 2013 5:14pm EST  --  Report as abuse
ToshiroMifune wrote:
The differences between The Fatherland and The Holy Land are rapidly diminishing.

Dec 07, 2013 8:32pm EST  --  Report as abuse
MidWestSense wrote:
We all sympathize with the holocaust but the events of then do not justify the crimes perpetrated today. The Palestinians in west bank and Gaza are killed like this boy and denied a freedom, means to earn a living, medicine , decent housing etc .The west bank and Gaza are concentration camps.

Dec 07, 2013 9:35pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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