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Israeli forces kill Palestinian teenager in east Jerusalem

The 14-year old was killed by Israeli forces after police alleged he carried out a stabbing in the Old City
Israeli forces stand at the scene where a Palestinian teenager was shot dead on 30 August in occupied east Jerusalem (Reuters)

A Palestinian teenager was shot dead by Israeli forces on Wednesday evening in occupied east Jerusalem.

According to local media, the 14-year-old was shot near Damascus Gate, with the wound from the live fire causing him to bleed to death. 

The teenager has been identified as Khaled Samer al-Zaanin from the town of Beit Hanina.

Israeli police have alleged that the teenager attempted to carry out a stabbing attack at the nearby Shabati Yisrael railway station and that they had “neutralised him immediately with large amounts of police forces heading to the scene”.

According to the Palestinian Wafa news agency, al-Zaanin was assaulted by illegal Israeli settlers, who later called the police. 

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After arriving at the scene, police reportedly opened fire at the teenager, resulting in his death.

Photos and videos shared on social media show a large number of Israeli security forces at the scene, as well as the teenager lying on the ground.

Ambulances arrived at the scene shortly after he was shot, however al-Zaanin had succumbed to his wounds shortly after.

Reports in Palestinian media state that shortly after the killing of the teenager, his home was stormed by Israeli forces, while Palestinian vehicles in the neighbourhood were also attacked by Israeli settlers.

Citing eyewitnesses, the reports state that settlers threw stones at the cars, shattering their windows. 

Israeli media stated that one settler was injured in the incident, and is believed to be in a stable condition.

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