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Israel kills 15-year-old Palestinian girl

A 15-year-old Palestinian girl was shot in the head by Israeli forces during a military raid into the town of Beitunia, west of Ramallah.

Fifteen-year-old Fulla Masalmeh was killed today and another Palestinian was moderately wounded after Israeli occupation forces opened fire at them in Beitunia, near Ramallah in the occupied West Bank.

The Palestinian Ministry of Health announced Fulla's death after she was shot in the head by Israeli occupation soldiers after they stormed Beitunia at dawn today. Fulla is from the town of Al-Thahiriyeh south of Hebron city in the southern occupied West Bank. The occupation authorities handed her body over to the Palestinian Red Crescent at the illegal settlement of Ofer.

Fulla was due to turn 16 tomorrow.

Palestinian officials had initially wrongly identified the victim as a 19-year-old woman named Sanaa Al-Tal.

According to the available information, the occupation forces opened fire at a vehicle carrying Palestinians in the town of Beitunia. One person was arrested.

According to eyewitnesses, the Palestinians in the vehicle were surprised by the occupation soldiers who stormed the town of Beitunia and fired at them for no reason.

READ: Israel forces arrest 2 Palestinians in West Bank raid

In a brief statement, the occupation army claimed that its forces asked the vehicle to stop during its forces' activity in the area, but it refused and sped up towards the soldiers, so shots were fired at the passengers, and it is investigating the incident.

The Speaker of the Palestinian National Council, Rawhi Fattouh, condemned the heinous crime committed by occupation soldiers in the town of Beitunia.

He warned that the coming days will witness a dangerous escalation by the occupation army and government and the extremist gangs against the Palestinians and their property and sanctities.

"We will not stand by idly in the face of these crimes and violations that threaten our existence, our dignity and our sanctities," Fattouh said.

UPDATE on 15 November 20220 at 09:00am GMT to correct the name of the victim, previous reports by the Palestinian Ministry of Health claimed the victim was 19-year-old Sanaa Al-Tal however this was later corrected and the victim identified as 15-year-old Fulla Masalmeh.

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