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Palestinian teenager killed by Israel army day before her 16th birthday

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The Israeli army has shot dead a Palestinian girl in the town of Beitunia near Ramallah in the occupied West Bank, a day before her 16th birthday.

Fulla Rasmi Abdelazeez Masalmeh was killed at dawn after Israeli forces opened fire towards a car.

“She was due to turn 16 on her birthday tomorrow. She was killed when occupation soldiers fired at her during a raid on Beitunia,” read a statement by the Palestinian health ministry.

CCTV footage shows the moment Israeli soldiers started shooting at the car when it apparently didn’t pose any threat.

Masalmeh hails from the town of al-Thahiriyeh south of Hebron city in the southern occupied West Bank, according to Al Jazeera.

A witness told Palestine’s news agency Wafa, that Masalmeh and 26-year-old Anas Hassouneh were in a vehicle driving up a road, unaware that Israeli forces had stationed themselves at several points until they were surprised by the army’s presence.

Hassouneh was injured and arrested in the shooting.

“When they tried to turn around, they found other soldiers opposite them who started shooting at them without any notice,” the witness said. The witness added that the car was shot at three times by soldiers stationed on different corners as it tried to get away.

The witness further said that Israeli soldiers pulled Hassouneh, who was driving the car, out of the vehicle and that he was bleeding, while Masalmeh died at the scene.

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