Palestinian Security Forces Kill Teen in Clashes


A teenager was shot and killed in overnight clashes between Palestinian forces and local gunmen, local media reported Wednesday.

Salah Zakarna, 17, was shot in the chest and later died when Palestinian security forces clashed with armed residents in the town of Qabatiya, the Palestinian Maan news agency reported. It was unclear who shot him.

Maan said Palestinian forces were trying to prevent residents from firing celebratory gunfire into the air to welcome home a local man who had been released from an Israeli prison. It said several people, including members of the security forces, were wounded.

The Palestinian Authority said it launched an investigation into the teenager’s death and would bring those responsible to justice.

Support for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has plummeted in recent years following his failure to bring about an independent state or mend the rift with Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip. The Palestinian Authority has also faced widespread allegations of corruption.

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