Mahmoud Abbas condemns Israel for killing Palestinian teen

Published July 28th, 2015 - 08:26 GMT
Al Bawaba
Al Bawaba

The Palestinian presidency on Monday strongly criticized recent violations by Israel, warning that settlement construction and several recent killings could force the Palestinian Authority to take "serious decisions," official news agency Wafa reported.

Presidential spokesman Nabil Abu Rudainah said thatcontinuous raids on Al-Aqsa Mosque, daily killings of Palestinian civilians and continued settlement construction will force the Palestinian leadership to act.

The statement follows the killing of Muhammad Abu Latifa, 18, on Monday.
While Israeli border police said the teen jumped to his death after being shot by Israeli forces who were chasing Abu Latifa during an arrest raid, the family of Abu Latifa have called the killing an "execution," stating that the teen was already captured and under arrest at the time of his death.
Israel is trying to trigger instability in the region and undermine any chance for peace,Abu Rudainah added, noting that continued incitement by the Israeli government will have serious consequences.
The Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs also released a statement on Monday condemning the killing of Abu Latifa, Wafa reported.
“In its declared statements, the Israeli government seems to be well determined on violence and counter violence, and is ostensibly seeking to plunge the Palestinian arena into the circle of violence to avert peacemaking and a negotiated solution to the conflict,” the ministry statement said.
Israeli forces have killed 18 Palestinians this year, four of which were killed in the past week.

In addition to the four killings this week, intense clashes between Palestinians and Israeli forces have erupted during the last two days at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, resulting in at least eight arrests and many minor injuries.

On Thursday Israel's Civil Administration advanced plans for the development of 1,065 housing units in eight different settlements throughout occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank.

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