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Israel shoots 2 Palestinians dead, wounds 6 more in West Bank, Gaza

Body of Ali Qino (17) who was shot by Israeli forces in the head during clashes between Palestinians and soldiers in the West Bank on 11 January 2018 [Nedal Eshtayah/Anadolu Agency]

Two Palestinian teenagers were shot dead by Israeli forces last night as soldiers continued to search for the perpetrator of the settlement resistance attack which killed one settler, according to the Palestinian Information Centre.

Seventeen-year-old Ali Qino was shot by Israeli forces in the head during clashes between Palestinians and soldiers in the West Bank village of Iraq Burin, south of Nablus. Qino was in a critical condition when he was transferred to a hospital in Nablus but was pronounced dead on arrival.

Israeli forces were conducting numerous raids in the occupied town as part of the search for the Palestinian shooter who left one settler leader dead in an attack at the illegal outpost of Havat Gilad on Tuesday. The army said that the soldiers responded with gunfire at Palestinians who were throwing stones, injuring three people.

The Palestinian Ministry of Health also confirmed the death of 16-year-old Amir Abu Musaid in Gaza east of the Al-Buraij refugee camp, after he was shot in the chest. Three other people were also injured in clashes following continued protests at the US recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Read: Family of slain Palestinian teen await lenient sentence for Israel border cop

The shootings come just a week after 17-year-old Musab Firas Al-Tamimi was killed in clashes in the village of Deir Nizam, north of Ramallah.

Israeli forces admitted last week that they regularly shoot at unarmed Palestinians using live ammunition in the West Bank, despite them not constituting a security risk. Few soldiers face repercussions of any kind.

Earlier today, Israeli media reported that an Israeli army officer who opened fire on a car of Palestinian civilians returning from a swimming trip, killing a 15-year-old boy, would not be prosecuted.

At the time, Israeli human rights NGO B’Tselem predicted that the investigation would produce no results, slamming “the military law enforcement system” as “a whitewashing mechanism”.

Read: Israel killed 8 unarmed Palestinians in Gaza

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