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Palestinian teen shot dead by Israeli forces in Gaza

Sept. 20, 2018 10:30 A.M. (Updated: Sept. 21, 2018 1:11 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian teen was shot and killed by Israeli forces, while three others were injured during protests on Wednesday night, east of Rafah in the southern besieged Gaza Strip.

Ashraf al-Qidra, the spokesperson for the Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza, confirmed that a 15-year-old Palestinian was killed after Israeli forces fired live ammunition at him.

The ministry identified the killed teen as Muamen Abu Eyada, from the al-Brazil neighborhood in Rafah in southern Gaza.

The ministry added that three other Palestinians were injured during the protests due to Israeli live ammunition.
The identity and condition of the three injured remained unknown.

Muamen’s killing comes after the people of Gaza marched on Wednesday in the funeral processions of four Palestinians, who were killed the day before by Israel.

Throughout the unrest, rights groups have repeatedly denounced what they have termed Israeli forces' "shoot-to-kill" policy against Palestinians who did not constitute a threat at the time of their death or who could have been subdued in a non-lethal manner.

While Israel alleges many of those were attempting to attack Israelis when they were shot, Palestinians and rights groups have disputed Israel's version of events in a number of cases.

Both Defense for Children International - Palestine (DCIP) and Israeli human rights group B'Tselem highlighted in reports the culture of impunity reserved for Israeli forces who kill Palestinians, noting the unlikelihood that the Israeli soldier who kills a Palestinian be held accountable.

DCIP said in a report “Accountability for shootings by Israeli forces is extremely rare, and Israel routinely defends or denies using lethal force against children.”

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