The European Union (EU) has condemned the killing a Palestinian child by Israeli forces in village of al-Mughayir, northeast of Ramallah in the occupied West Bank.
In a press release on Saturday, EU representative in Palestine Sven Kuhn von Burgsdorff called for opening a prompt investigation into the shooting incident and holding those who committed the crime accountable.
“The children are under special protection in accordance with international law,” Burgsdorff said.
“How many other Palestinian children will be exposed to excessive use of force by Israeli forces?” he questioned.
On Friday evening, 13-year-old Ali Ayman Abu Aliya succumbed to his wounds after he was shot with a live round in his stomach during a protest staged earlier in the afternoon in northern Ramallah.
The child was rushed in critical condition to a hospital in Ramallah, where he died after doctors tried for hours to save him.
The Israeli army on Friday afternoon violently attacked Palestinian citizens in al-Mughayir village as they were marching in protest at Israeli intents to build a new illegal settlement in the area, according to Mughayir mayor Amin Abu Aliya.