Palestinian Teen Killed by Israeli Soldiers Near West Bank Checkpoint

A Palestinian protester, left, throws a stone toward an Israeli soldier aiming his weapon during clashes on the outskirts of Jalazoun refugee camp near the West Bank city of Ramallah on Jan. 31, 2014. (PHOTO CREDIT: Abbas Momani / AFP / Getty Images)

Israeli soldiers shot dead a Palestinian teenager on Monday near a checkpoint in the West Bank after he reportedly threw rocks at drivers.

WAFA, the official Palestinian news agency, identified the teen as 17-year-old Iman Jamil Dweikat, a resident of Beita.

“The martyrdom of the youth Dweikat proves that we made the right decision (in going to) the United Nations Security Council to end the occupation and stop the suffering of the unarmed Palestinian people,” WAFA quoted Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas as saying. Arab U.N. delegations met on Monday to discuss a Palestinian plan to give Israel a two-year deadline to end its illegal occupation of Palestinian territories. A final draft resolution on the plan is due to be submitted to the Security Council in the next few days, despite Israeli and U.S. opposition.

The teenager was killed south of the village of Nablus in the West Bank near the Tappuah checkpoint, which Palestinians call Zaatara, according to Palestinian news website Maan News.

An Israeli military spokeswoman said that the Israeli military personnel were patrolling the area when they encountered youths throwing stones at a road near the checkpoint. After the teenagers ignored orders to stop, the soldiers responded with direct fire.

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SOURCE: Al Jazeera
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