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Israel shoots dead Palestinian minor

Israeli security forces intervene in Palestinians, who hold a march to mark the "Palestinian Prisoners Day", in Bethlehem, West Bank on April 17, 2017. ( Mamoun Wazwaz - Anadolu Agency )

A 16-year-old Palestinian was shot and killed by Israeli border police at Israel's "Container checkpoint" northeast of Bethlehem in the southern occupied West Bank today.

Israeli police spokesperson Luba al-Samari identified the alleged the Palestinian teen as a 16-year-old from Bethlehem.

According to Al-Samri, the boy approached Israeli forces holding a knife in his hand, and "after a short dispute, an Israeli soldier was able to open fire at the suspect who was neutralised and the knife in his possession was seized."

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A spokesperson from the Palestinian Red Crescent told Ma'an that Israeli forces prevented the service's ambulances from reaching the boy, who witnesses say was covered with a blanket by Israeli forces.

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