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6 Oct, 2015

Israeli Soldiers Kill 13-Year-Old near Bethlehem, Sixth in Two Weeks

BETHLEHEM, October 5, 2015 (WAFA) – Israeli soldiers Monday shot dead a Palestinian child during confrontations with youths in the Aida refugee camp north of Bethlehem, less than 24 hours after another Palestinian youth was killed by the Israeli army in Tulkarm, according to security sources.

Medical sources said 13-year-old Abdul-Rahman Shadi Mustafa was seriously injured when Israeli soldiers shot him with live ammunition. He was transferred to a nearby hospital before he succumbed to his wounds during a surgery to save his life.

Meanwhile, two other Palestinians were injured with live bullets in the thigh bone during the same confrontations.

This came hours after a Palestinian youth was shot dead by the Israeli army during confrontations in the village of Bal’a near Tulkarm.

There has been mounting tension across the West Bank and Jerusalem with Israel’s repeated assault of al-Aqsa Mosque Compound, particularly its growing attempts to temporally divide the site between Muslims and Jews.

The situation has been significantly deteriorating since the deadly arson attack on the Dawabsheh’s family home, which is strongly believed to be carried out by Jewish settlers.

In the past two weeks alone, six Palestinian youths were killed by the Israeli army, including 21-year-old Hadeel Hashlamon from Hebron, 21-year-old Diya’ Talahmeh from Hebron, 19-year-old Fadi Aloun from Jerusalem, 19-year-old Muhanad Halabi from Ramallah and 18-year-old Huthayfa Salman from Tulkarm.