Massive funeral held for Palestinian teenage girl killed in Jenin
Palestinian mourners held massive funeral for the 16-year-old girl killed by Israeli forces in Saturday raid on Jenin.
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The latest incident took place on Saturday as tensions are rising in the occupied territories fueled by the Israeli army incursions, arrests and arbitrary killings.
The official Palestinian news agency Wafa reported that Israeli troops stormed Haifa Street early on Saturday, setting off a gun battle with local residents.
“A 17-year-old boy was killed, and an 18-year-old was critically wounded by the Israeli occupation’s bullets during its aggression on Jenin,” a statement by the Palestinian Ministry of Health said.
The ministry identified the slain Palestinian teen as Amjad al-Fayed.
Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh condemned the killing, calling on international community to hold Israel accountable for its crimes.
"We warn against the consequences of the occupation's continued crimes against our people. We urge the international community to condemn them and hold the perpetrators accountable," Shtayyeh said in a statement.
He also warned of “the serious consequences of these repeated crimes” committed by Israeli forces against Palestinians.
Israel has stepped up its incursions in the Jenin area since late March. Jenin refugee camp has served as a flashpoint amid recent tensions. Thirteen Palestinians were injured last week during an operation by Israeli forces in the camp in which Israeli commando, Sergeant Major Noam Raz, was killed.
At least 46 Palestinians, around a quarter of them in Jenin, have been killed by Israeli forces or armed settlers since the beginning of the year.