Israeli army kills Palestinian youth in occupied East Jerusalem

Mohammad Ibrahim Shham, 21, was shot at his home in Kufr Aqab.

Ramallah, Occupied West Bank – Israeli forces have killed a Palestinian youth during a military raid on the Kufr Aqab neighbourhood of occupied East Jerusalem.

Mohammad Ibrahim Shham, 21, was shot at his home on Monday by the army, the Palestinian news agency Wafa reported.

His father told local media that the Israeli army raided their home at dawn and shot their son in the head from point-blank range.

“We don’t know the reason or why they came to the house. They would have killed us all if my other son and I hadn’t hidden inside,” said Ibrahim Shham.

[Translation: Wafa news agency: Martyrdom of the youth Mohammad Shham in Israeli occupation army fire from point-blank range after his home was raided in Kufr Aqab, northwest of Jerusalem]

Israeli media cited the army as saying Shham had “attempted to stab soldiers which opened fire in response”.

The Palestinian Prisoners’ Society condemned the killing, saying it “comes in the context of increasing field assassinations by Israeli occupation forces since the start of the year”.

Kufr Aqab falls within the borders of Jerusalem but has been separated from the city by Israel’s separation wall, placing it on the occupied West Bank side.

The Israeli army carries out near-daily raids on Palestinian towns and villages, which often result in the wounding or killing of Palestinians. On Monday, Israeli forces arrested at least 26 Palestinians across the occupied areas of West Bank and East Jerusalem.

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