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UN condemns Israeli killing of Palestinian teen in Jerusalem

The UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Nickolay Maldenov, condemned on Friday the Israeli shooting and killing of a Palestinian teenager in Jerusalem. Mohamed Kasbeh was shot and killed by an officer of the Israel occupation army at point blank range as he headed to the mosque for prayers.

Two bullets hit the teenager in the head and chest and he collapsed immediately, Days of Palestine reported. Other worshippers attempted to offer first aid until a Palestinian ambulance arrived and took him to Ramallah Medical Centre. He was pronounced dead soon after his arrival at the hospital.

Kasbeh is the third member of his family to be killed by Israeli occupation forces. Both of his brothers were killed by the Israelis in 2002.

In a statement, Maldenov expressed deep concerns about the increasing violence and deadly attacks in the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem against Palestinians and Israelis. He called for an "immediate end" to violence and for everyone to keep calm. "This reaffirms the need for a political process aiming to establish two states living beside each other safely and peacefully," he said.

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