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Palestinian teen killed by Israeli army amid protests in West Bank and Gaza

Palestinian teen killed by Israeli army amid protests in West Bank and Gaza
Mahmoud Yousef Nakhla, 18, was killed in Jalazone refugee camp near Ramallah on Friday after Israel intensified its military presence in the area

A Palestinian teenager was shot and killed in the occupied West Bank on Friday, after Israel intensified its military presence in the area.

Mahmoud Yousef Nakhla, 18, died after being shot in the stomach by Israeli troops in the Jalazone refugee camp near Ramallah.

Earlier in the day, the Israeli army sealed off Ramallah, the seat of the Palestinian Authority, from its surroundings.

Political groups in Gaza and the West Bank called on Palestinians to protest throughout the day, as tensions continued to escalate.

The demonstrations came after 40 Palestinians were arrested in overnight raids by Israeli troops.

Middle East Eye provided rolling updates on the situation Friday:

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Palestinian killed, dozens injured in West Bank and Gaza
8 months ago

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Here's what happened during widespread protests in the occupied West Bank and Gaza on Friday, as Israeli and Palestinian Authority forces dispersed Palestinian demonstrators throughout the day.

The escalating tensions followed a 48-hour period during which four Palestinians and two Israelis were killed, and after Israeli forces launched a wave of arrests across the West Bank.

► Palestinian Mahmoud Yousef Nakhla, 18, died after being shot in the stomach by Israeli troops in Jalazone refugee camp near Ramallah

► At least 57 Palestinians were injured throughout the occupied West Bank, according to the Palestinian Red Crescent

► Israeli fire injured 75 Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, including two photojournalists, during the 38th week of Friday protests against the Israeli blockade

► Palestinian Authority forces violently dispersed a protest in Nablus organised by its rival faction, Hamas

► More than 100 Palestinians have been arrested by Israeli forces in raids of West Bank cities since Thursday

Palestinian forces disperse protests in Jalazone camp
8 months ago

Palestinian security forces have reportedly dispersed crowds gathering in the Jalazone refugee camp near Ramallah, where a local youth was shot dead by Israeli forces earlier in the day. 

Video shared on social media showed the Palestinian Authority forces using stun grenades to chase off protesters in the Jalazone refugee camp. 

Mahmoud Yousef Nakhla, 18, died in Jalazone after being shot in the abdomen, the Palestinian health ministry said.  

Translation: Security forces in Ramallah disperse tens of youth who came out in angry marches to condemn the killing of the youth Mahmoud Nakhla

'The political game failed'
8 months ago

Mohammed Asad, Middle East Eye's correspondent in the Gaza Strip, interviewed some of the protesters on Friday who demonstrated for the 38th consecutive week as part of the March of Return, and denounced the ongoing Israeli military raids in the West Bank.

Here is what Mohammed al-Bardini, 19, from Gaza City, had to say:

"I carry the picture of Ashraf Naalwa. He is a Palestinian symbol and hero, he shook the occupation and he is an honour for all Palestinians."

Naalwa, a Palestinian who was named by the Israeli army as a suspect in the murder of two Israelis at the recycling centre where he worked in the Barkan industrial zone of the West Bank, was killed after a two-month manhunt early on Thursday. 

"The political game failed and Trump's deal of the century will fail with the March of Return. We will break the [Israeli] siege soon because we have legitimate rights and free people, nations and governments of the world know these rights."

Atta Hadaid, a 28-year-old from Khan Younis, told MEE:

"We are one people and we ask the Palestinians in the West Bank to go out in mass protests like the ones in Gaza at the military checkpoints, and resist the occupation and the settlements that are expanding."

Mohammed al-Bardini, 19, from Gaza City (MEE/Mohammed Asad)
11 Palestinians shot near Nablus
8 months ago

At least 11 Palestinians have been injured by live fire or rubber-coated steel bullets during clashes south of the West Bank city of Nablus, according to the Palestinian Authority's Wafa news agency. 

What is the Great March of Return?
8 months ago

Like every Friday, Palestinians in the Gaza Strip picked a theme to rally behind for their weekly Friday demonstration as part of the Great March of Return. 

This week's Gaza protest was themed the "legitimate right of resistance", as a show of solidarity for Palestinians protesting against the Israeli army in the West Bank.

Launched in March 2018, the Great March of Return calls for the right of return of Palestinian refugees, and the end of the siege imposed on the Gaza Strip by Egypt and Israel. 

Since its inception, hundreds of Palestinians had been killed by Israeli fire, with thousands more injured. Here is a breakdown of the deaths and injuries since the Great March of Return began on 30 March:

► 235 Palestinians killed by Israeli forces during protests, air strikes, or other military raids 

► 6,000 Palestinians injured by Israeli forces 

► 1,000 Palestinians shot by Israeli fire could face permanent disabilities


Palestinian demonstrate near the boundary with Israel east of Gaza City (MEE/Mohammed Asad)
15-year-old Palestinian injured near Ramallah
8 months ago

A 15-year-old Palestinian boy was injured in the foot by a bullet fired by settlers near Jalazone refugee camp north of Ramallah, while Israeli settlers reportedly attacked Palestinian cars near the village of Sinjil, Quds News reported. 

The outlet also published photos of tear gas being dropped from drones on protesters gathering in al-Bireh, Ramallah's twin city.