‘May God give us patience’: Palestinians mourn child killed

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Relatives mourn during the funeral of Palestinian teenager Ali Abu Alia in al-Mughayyir village in the Israeli-occupied West Bank. (photo: Mohamad Torokman / Reuters)
Ali Abu Alia is the fifth Palestinian minor from occupied West Bank killed by Israeli forces with live ammunition this year, rights group says.

By Anas Jnena,  Mersiha Gadzo  | Al Jazeera  |  Dec 6, 2020

‘Like nearly every other case involving Israeli forces’ unlawful killing of Palestinian children, systemic impunity as the norm ensures that the perpetrator responsible will never be held accountable by Israeli authorities,’
— Ayed Abu Eqtaish, director at the Defense for Children International Palestine (DCIP)

Ali Abu Alia had just turned 15 on Friday when Israeli forces shot and killed him using live ammunition at a protest in al-Mughayyir village in the occupied West Bank.

He was excited to have a birthday party later in the evening, especially since the Abu Alia family is religious and did not usually celebrate.

But Ali’s father, Ayman, had let his wife know that this time they were going to throw him a party.

“Ali got excited and asked his mother to prepare the cake for the evening. But it’s his fate to eat the cake somewhere else [in heaven],” Ayman, 40, told Al Jazeera from al-Mughayyir, northeast of Ramallah.

According to information obtained by the Defense for Children International Palestine (DCIP), Israeli occupying forces shot Ali in the abdomen while he was observing clashes between Palestinian youth and Israeli forces at the entrance to the village.

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