Israeli soldiers shoot dead Palestinian teen

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Relatives of Palestinian teenager Yussef Shawamreh mourn outside his house in the West Bank village of Deir al-Asal, 15 kilometers from Hebron on March 19, 2014 after he was shot dead by Israeli troops in the occupied West Bank. (Photo: AFP - Hazem Bader)

Published Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Updated 4:21 pm: Israeli occupation forces shot dead a Palestinian teenager in the southern West Bank on Wednesday, sources on both sides told AFP.

A Palestinian security source named the victim as 15-year-old Yussef Sami Shawamreh and said he was shot dead near the apartheid wall southwest of Hebron.

Witnesses said the victim had been foraging for local plants when he was shot, but the army claimed he and two others had been vandalizing the wall.

The security sources initially told AFP the shooting took place near the Al-Ramadin village, but witnesses said it happened in Deir al-Asal al-Tahta, some 15 kilometers (nine miles) southwest of Hebron.

The Israeli army claimed troops had fired at Palestinians trying to damage the barrier.

"Earlier today three suspects sabotaged the security fence in Deir al-Asal al-Tahta," a spokeswoman told AFP, saying troops had verbally warned them away from the area then fired warning shots in the air.

When that did not work, troops "fired towards the lower extremities of the main instigator," she said, confirming he was hit and taken to an Israeli hospital "where he died of his wounds."

But the victim's brother, Abed Shawamreh, 23, denied the army's account and said the teenager had been out looking for gundelia, a thistle-type plant used in cooking.

"Every year, people from the village go out to pick gundelia. Today Yussef went with his friends to pick some in an area close to the wall and the army shot at them. They hit him and arrested two of his friends," he told AFP.

Israel's vast apartheid wall cuts through large parts of the West Bank.

(AFP, Al-Akhbar)


In whatever country Anon lives in, there are rules and laws and borders that are enforced. Whether you live in North Korea or North Dakota, someone is patrolling your borders and when young men make for hostile borders, tragedy often ensues. That is probably what happened here, just as happened in Texas last week. Or in Gaza - on the Egyptian side last week as well.
"The world" in not running out of patience with Israel. "The world" is beating a path to Israel's door. It has never in its history been so influential and powerful and self-sufficient.
In your fever dreams, people hate Jews and Israel is a terrible place.
In reality, Israel is being overrun with Arab and African illegal immigrants whose biggest complaint is that they are not allowed to stay; it is treating hundreds of Syrians in its hospitals (along with thousands of Palestinians), its "apartheid wall" is all of 40 miles long and it leaves the Arabs on the other side with their own government and police; and it has enormous delegations of foreign dignitaries, businessmen, world leaders, celebrities and tourists (including huge numbers of Jordanians and Gulf Arabs) crowd its hotels.
Yeah, really isolated. Oh wait, i think that a union in Norway divested of Israeli stocks. All of which were bought by eager investors who are making more money.
You win!

The I.D.F. Literally get away with murder. Someone approaches a wall or fence, and they get shot. So many Palestinian youths shot in the back. The world is running out of patience with Israel, it's apartheid, it's inhumanity to non Jews, it's illegal settlements, it's blockades, it's trade in blood diamonds, it's arsenal of undeclared nuclear and chemical weapons. I could go on........sadly.

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