Washington, Dec 12 The United States on Monday mourned the death of Palestinian teenager Jana Maji Issam Zakarneh, who was shot in the head by Israeli troops during an operation in the West Bank, and called on Israelis and Palestinians to de-escalate the conflict.
State Department spokesman Ned Price said in a statement, “We extend our deepest condolences to the family of the deceased teenager. This is a tragic accident that breaks hearts, as it does every time a civilian is killed in an operation like this.” Death happens.”
Price confirmed that the Israeli military has launched an investigation into what happened and that there will hopefully be an “accountability”, while stressing that Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid has already called for an investigation into the 16-year-old’s death. expressed his condolences. old.
A US diplomacy spokesman recalled that the tragic death comes “amid an escalation of violence” in the occupied West Bank, resulting in an “alarming increase in Palestinian and Israeli deaths and injuries”, including children.
Price claimed, “We reiterate the need for all parties to take steps to de-escalate the situation. It is vital that they take immediate measures to prevent further damage.”
A young Palestinian woman died this morning after being shot in the head by Israeli soldiers in the city of Jenin, north of the occupied West Bank, which is experiencing its most violent year since 2006.
The Israeli army published its findings after conducting a preliminary investigation of what happened, and assured that the teenager was “killed by inadvertent shots directed by gunmen on the roof” during an operation to arrest suspected terrorists.
A total of 166 Palestinians have died in violent incidents with Israel in the West Bank this year, the deadliest in the region since 2006 according to a Palestinian health ministry count – many militants, but also civilians and minors; While 29 people have been killed on the Israeli side, of whom 21 are civilians.
In addition, Israeli authorities have detained more than 3,000 Palestinian “terrorist suspects”, foiled more than 500 attacks and seized nearly 250 weapons so far this year.
Israel gained control of the West Bank in the 1967 Six-Day War, and has maintained a military occupation of the region ever since.