Israeli forces shoot, kill 13-year-old Palestinian near Ramallah

18:00 Oct 16 2014 Beit Liqya

Israeli forces shoot, kill 13-year-old Palestinian near Ramallah
Bahha Samier Bader, 13 years old, Photo By WAFA

RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian teenager was shot dead by Israeli forces in the village of Beit Laqiya northwest of Ramallah on Thursday evening.

Medical sources said Bahaa Samir Badir, 13, was shot in the chest after Israeli forces raided the village.

Badir was reportedly shot in the chest from close range, and suffered from severe bleeding shortly before dying at the Palestine Medical Complex in Ramallah.

Clashes broke out in the village of Beit Laqiya after news of Badir's death spread.

An Israeli military spokeswoman said that Israeli forces "encountered an illegal riot in Beit Laqiya," and "while they were exiting the village, rioters hurled Molotov cocktails at the forces."

"They responded to the threat with live fire," she said, adding: "Reports of a dead Palestinian are being reviewed. There will be military police investigation."

She added that the Molotov cocktails had posed a "direct threat" to the lives of the soldiers.

The death of Bahaa brings the total number of Palestinians killed by Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank so far this year to 42, in addition to the nearly 2,200 Palestinians slain during Israel's summer offensive across Gaza.

More than 4,300 Palestinians have also been injured by Israeli soldiers in the West Bank since the beginning of 2014, as well as more than 11,000 during the nearly two-month assault on Gaza.

The West Bank and the Gaza Strip have been under Israeli military occupation since 1967.

RAMALLAH, October 16, 2014 (WAFA) – A 13-year-old Palestinian boy died on Thursday of wounds sustained when Israeli soldiers shot him in the chest during a raid of the town of Beit Liqya to the West of Ramallah, announced the Palestine Medical Complex.

A witness, Mahmoud Asi from the town told WAFA that soldiers directly aimed at a group of youth and children standing at a close distance and fired live ammunition during a what he described as a provocative raid of the town.

The child was critically injured and Ambulance crews transferred him immediately to the hospital where doctors tried to save him but to no avail.

According to Asi, Bader, who is in the 7th grade, is one of the excellent students in his class. He was among the people who stood across the street to watch the soldiers who have been raiding the village in a provocative manner for the second time in two weeks.

Bader was standing in front of an electrical appliances shop when he was directly hit in the chest. The bullet came out from his back, leaving him in a critical condition.

Asi told WAFA that the injury was fatal and the boy was soon announced dead.

Asi said that the time of the funeral was not announced yet, which could be an indication that the body will undergo postmortem to prove that the cause of death is the Israeli soldier’s bullet.

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