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Israeli forces kill Palestinian, injure another east of Bethlehem

Bethlehem, A young Palestinian man was killed and another injured by Israeli military gunfire as they attempted to cross Wadi Abu alHummus, east of Bethlehem, to Jerusalem.

According to WAFA, Israeli forces opened fire on two Palestinians who attempted to cross the area of Wadi Abu alHummus, near the villages of alKhas and alNuman, hitting 16yearold Abdullah Louai Gheith with bullets that punctured his heart and killed him.

Another Palestinian, identified as 21yearold Mu’men Abu Tbaish, was rushed to hospital after sustaining a critical injury.

Israeli forces at a checkpoint opened fire at the two Palestinians who were attempting to access Jerusalem in order to attend the last Friday prayers of Ramadan at AlAqsa Mosque compound.

The Wadi Abu alHummus area is located near occupied East Jerusalem, which Palestinian residents of the West Bank are not allowed to access without Israelissued permits. A number of Palestinians have been shot in the area, allegedly while attempting to cross into Jerusalem for work.

Israel has allowed men over 40, children under 13 and women of all ages to enter East Jerusalem without permits for the occasion on Fridays. Men under 40, however, are banned entry into the city unless they get special permits.

Source: International Islamic News Agency