Israeli occupation forces have on Wednesday evening killed a Palestinian teenager during a raid on Odla village, south of Nablus city, WAFA Agency reported, citing the Health Ministry’s statement.
According to the statement, Said Yousef Mohammad Odeh, aged 16, from Odla village succumbed to his injuries after being hit with live ammunition in the stomach.
The Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS) said that that the Israeli military handed over Odeh’s body to its medics, who rushed him to Rafidia Governmental Hospital in Nablus.
According to information collected by Defence for Children International Palestine (DCIP), Said was shot dead by Israeli forces with live ammunition around 9 PM, near the entrance to the village.
Israeli forces reportedly confronted Palestinian youth at the village entrance prior to the shooting. Said was not involved in the confrontations at the time he was shot.
“He sustained at least two gunshot wounds. He was struck with live ammunition in the back near his right shoulder and in the pelvis, and both bullets exited from the front,” said DCIP.
According to DCIP, a Palestinian ambulance was prevented from reaching Said for at least 15 minutes. When paramedics were finally allowed to approach the boy, he had no vital signs.
He was transferred to Rafidia hospital in Nablus where he was pronounced dead upon arrival.
PRCS added that its medics also rushed to hospital another Palestinian who sustained injuries after being hit with Israeli military live ammunition in the back. The casualty’s health condition was described as stable.
According to DCIP, Israeli troops shot the other youth “as he approached Said to provide aid”.
“Israeli forces routinely unlawfully kill Palestinian children with impunity, using intentional lethal force against Palestinian children when they pose no threat,” said Ayed Abu Eqtaish, Accountability Program Director at DCIP.
“Systemic impunity has fostered a context where Israeli forces know no bounds.”