Palestinian teenager shot dead by Israeli forces near Nablus
A Palestinian teenager was shot dead by Israeli forces on Tuesday during a dawn raid near Nablus, in the occupied West Bank.
Mahmoud Majed al-Aydi, 17, was shot in the head after troops stormed the Faraa refugee camp in the city of Tubas.
Aydi was taken to hospital in critical condition, shortly before being pronounced dead, the Palestinian health ministry confirmed.
Israeli forces raided the camp at dawn, surrounding one house and using live ammunition against residents who confronted them.
"A suspicious figure approached the forces with an explosive device, the forces opened fire in response," the Israeli military claimed in a tweet. One arrest was made by Israeli forces during the raid.
Israeli policeman killed
Separately, an Israeli policeman was killed on Monday following a stabbing attack in occupied East Jerusalem.
A border guard was allegedly stabbed on Monday near the entrance of Shuafat refugee camp, police said. An Israeli civilian attempted to shoot the attacker, but mistakenly hit the stabbed policeman in the process.
The border guard died from both the stab wounds and the gunshot. The alleged attacker was also arrested.
The West Bank has seen a spike in violence since Israel intensified raids last year, with at least 48 Palestinians killed so far this year.
Last year, Israeli forces killed at least 167 Palestinians in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, the highest death toll in the region in a single year since the Second Intifada.
In December, UN experts condemned Israel for the record violence and warned that 2023 could witness a higher number of casualties.
"Unless Israeli forces abandon this dominant settler mindset and rightfully treat Palestinians in the occupied territory as protected persons, Israel's deplorable record in the occupied West Bank will likely deteriorate further in 2023," they said.
CIA director William Burns warned last week that current tensions bear an "unhappy resemblance" to the Second Intifada.
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