EU calls for investigation into Palestinian teen’s killing by Israel

The European Union Delegation to the Palestinians has called, on Saturday, for an investigation into the killing of a Palestinian teenager by the Israeli army in the illegally occupied West Bank.

Fourteen-year-old Ali Abu Aliya was shot dead in the stomach during a protest on Friday against Israeli land theft in the al-Mughayyir village near Ramallah.

The delegation said in a tweet: “Children enjoy special protection under international law."

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“How many more Palestinian children will be subject to the excessive use of lethal force by the Israeli security forces?” it said, adding that the “shocking incident must be swiftly and fully investigated by the Israeli authorities in order to bring the perpetrators to justice.”

In a statement, Hamas said Abu Aliya’s death “confirms the criminal truth about the occupation army”, saying Israel must be prosecuted.

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“We affirm the need to return to the national consensus on the option of resisting the occupation, one that is capable of responding to the crimes of the occupation and stopping the escalating attack of settlers,” Hamas said.

Muhammad Shalaldeh, the Minister of Justice in Ramallah, held the international community responsible for holding the Israeli occupation accountable for the repeated crimes against the Palestinian people.

The spokesman for the Fatah movement, Osama al-Qawasmi, said Palestinians should respond to the teenager’s killing by adhering to “national unity”.

On Friday, the United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Nikolay Mladenov, called Israel to investigate the death of the child Abu Alia by bullets from its army, describing the incident as "horrific."

On Saturday, mourners carried the teenager’s body, wrapped in a Palestinian flag, through the streets in Ramallah and al-Mughayyir, chanting: “With soul and blood we will redeem you, martyr.”

Source : Days of Palestine

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