Palestinian teens killed by Israeli fire in border clashes - Gaza Health Ministry

Blanche Robertson
February 11, 2019

The Gaza Strip's health ministry said Friday that two Palestinians, aged 14 and 18, were shot dead by Israeli forces during violent clashes on the enclave's border with Israel.

Israel's internal security agency said in a statement Sunday Feb. 10, 2019, the murder of a 19-year-old Israeli woman by a Palestinian suspect near Jerusalem last week was politically motivated. Most of the worldwide community views the settlements as illegal. He expressed condolences to Ansbacher's family. He is a resident of the West Bank city of Hebron.

The military said it was aware of reports that a protester had been killed but could not confirm that the individual was a 14-year-old or what caused the death.

Shalabi's mother wailed as mourners brought his body on a stretcher for a final farewell at their home in the Nusseirat refugee camp.

"He was everything lovely at home; his voice, his happiness fills the house".

According to Ashraf al-Qedra, spokesman of the Gaza health ministry, Ishteiwi was shot in his neck and Shalabi in his chest, while 17 others were injured in the same clashes.

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Israel says it has no choice but to use deadly force at the protests to defend the frontier from militants trying to destroy the barrier and infiltrate.

IDF troops faced off against around 8,000 Palestinian rioters on the Israel-Gaza Strip border on Friday, as weekly Hamas-orchestrated unrest continued.

One Israeli soldier was killed by a Palestinian sniper during border demonstrations while another died in a botched special forces operation inside the blockaded enclave.

Over 25 participants in the protests on Friday also suffered various kinds of injuries from bullets and tear gas fired by soldiers stationed on the Israel side of the fence.

The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR), a Gaza-based rights group, condemned in a press statement the killing of the two teenagers. Children should never be a target.

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