Is­raeli army shoots dead Pales­tinian teen...

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Is­raeli forces have shot dead a Pales­tinian teenager in the oc­cu­pied West Bank, the Pales­tinian min­istry of health has con­firmed. Layth Abu Naim, 16, was shot in the head with live am­mu­ni­tion dur­ing a con­fronta­tion with the Is­raeli army in the vil­lage of al-Mughayir, north­east of the oc­cu­pied West Bank town of Ra­mal­lah. Ac­cord­ing to lo­cal me­dia, Abu Naim - a high school stu­dent - was shot at point blank range. The con­fronta­tions re­port­edly erupted after Is­raeli forces raided the vil­lage. The boy’s funeral is set to be held on Wed­nes­day after mid­day prayers in his home­town. A spokes­woman for Is­rael’s mil­i­tary said “vi­o­lent ri­ots are tak­ing place in this area and burn­ing tires and stones were thrown at the sol­diers,” ac­cord­ing to Is­raeli me­dia. The spokes­woman was “un­able to con­firm that any Pales­tini­ans had been hit by gun­fire”. Abu Naim is the sixth Pales­tinian to be killed by Is­raeli forces since the start of 2018. Ten­sions in the re­gion have in­creased in re­cent weeks after United States Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s con­tro­ver­sial de­ci­sion to name Jerusalem as Is­rael’s cap­i­tal. Trump’s De­cem­ber 6 move prompted deadly protests in the Pales­tinian ter­ri­to­ries and mass ral­lies in sol­i­dar­ity with the Pales­tini­ans across the Mus­lim world. US Vice Pres­i­dent Mike Pence’s visit to Is­rael and the re­gion in­creased an­i­mos­ity amongst Pales­tini­ans to­wards the US. His speech in the Is­raeli par­lia­ment in Jerusalem on Jan­uary 22 was laden with praise for Is­rael. On Tues­day, a group of Pales­tini­ans protested the ar­rival of an Amer­i­can del­e­ga­tion to the West Bank city of Beth­le­hem. The del­e­ga­tion was re­port­edly there to hold a train­ing ses­sion on dig­i­tal com­merce, ac­cord­ing to Is­raeli me­dia. A video shared on so­cial me­dia showed pro­tes­tors en­ter­ing the meet­ing room hold­ing signs and chant­ing against the US ad­min­is­tra­tion’s de­ci­sion sur­round­ing Jerusalem, after which the del­e­ga­tion packed up and left.

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