Jun 03, 2022 06:18 UTC
  • 17-year-old Palestinian boy martyred near Ramallah, 4th since Wednesday

Israeli forces have martyred a Palestinian boy near Ramallah in the occupied West Bank, the fourth since Wednesday.

The 17-year-old teenage boy, identified as Odeh Mohammad Odeh, was shot dead in the vicinity of the separation wall in the village of al-Midya, west of Ramallah, on Thursday afternoon, the Palestinian Ministry of Health said in a brief statement.

The ministry said Odeh was brought to Palestine Medical Complex in Ramallah in critical condition with a gunshot wound to the chest, but he succumbed to his wounds despite attempts to save his life.

Odeh was the fourth Palestinian martyred by Israeli soldiers in the West Bank since Wednesday, and the 63rd since January.

Later on Thursday, Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh issued a statement, condemning the killing of Odeh by Israeli forces as well as "all the horrific crimes committed against our children and loved ones.”

Shtayyeh said the perpetrators of such crimes are determined to murder Palestinians.

The Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates also condemned the killing of Odeh in a separate statement, calling for international action to stop Israel's crimes against Palestinians.

“70 Palestinians killed by Israeli forces since start of year”

Meanwhile, head of an organization representing families of Palestinians martyred by Israel said on Thursday that Israeli forces have shot and killed 70 Palestinians in the occupied territories since the start of this year.

Mohammad Sbeihat added that there have been 13 children less than 18 years of age and five women among 70 Palestinians martyred by Israeli forces since this year began.