RAMALLAH (Dispatches) – Palestinians attended the funeral Saturday of a minor killed in clashes with Zionist troops in the occupied West Bank.
Ali Ayman Nasr Abu Aliya, 13, died on Friday after he was "shot with live rounds in the stomach” during clashes in the village of Mughayir, north of Ramallah, the Palestinian health ministry said.
The boy, whose death drew Palestinian condemnation and was deplored by the United Nations and the European Union, was hit during a protest against the construction of an illegal settlement.
A Zionist military spokeswoman said troops had used what she described as "riot dispersal means,” including the firing of rubber bullets, to confront dozens of Palestinians who were allegedly hurling stones at them and trying to roll rocks and burning tires at Zionist vehicles.
The United Nations’ Middle East envoy, Nickolay Mladenov, said he was appalled by the killing. "Israel must swiftly and independently investigate this shocking and unacceptable incident,” he tweeted.
The Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates said it was going to sue the occupying regime at the International Criminal Court (ICC) over the fatal shooting of the teenager.
The ministry, in a statement released on Friday evening, called upon the ICC to undertake an immediate investigation into the regime’s crimes and to ultimately hold the regime’s war criminals to account.
It held Zionist prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s administration fully and directly responsible for the murder of the teenager, stating that the crime reflects the nature of instructions that the Zionist regime gives its military forces.
"Such instructions make it easy for them to shoot Palestinian citizens without any fear of punishment,” the statement pointed out.
Moreover, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s office issued a statement, condemning the "cold-blooded murder” of the Palestinian minor and describing it as the latest episode in the regime’s crimes against Palestinian people.
Hamas resistance movement also denounced the killing of the Palestinian minor, stating that the incident marks a new crime by the regime against humanity.
Hamas urged the international community to hold Zionist regime authorities to account at the ICC for such appalling atrocities.
"The killing of Abou Aliya reflects the terrorism being exercised by Israelis at all levels. It also shows how horrible and faulty the latest normalization deals by some Arab countries with Israel are.”
"Additionally, it reveals that the Palestinian Authority has made a terrible mistake to restore ties with the occupying Israeli regime, and re-launch security collaboration with it,” the movement stated.