Published: Sun, February 10, 2019

Israeli Security Forces Detain Palestinian Suspected of Killing 19-Year-Old Girl

Israeli Security Forces Detain Palestinian Suspected of Killing 19-Year-Old Girl

Ori Ansbacher, 19, was murdered in Jerusalem on Thursday, with police having immediately launched an investigation into the incident. She was buried Friday in the Israeli settlement of Tekoa amid calls by hard-line Jews for revenge.

Ishtea hails from the Palestinian village of Tel, southwest of Nablus in the occupied West Bank, and was sentenced to life in prison in 2009 for allegedly killing an Israeli. The settlements are seen as illegal under global law and a major obstacle to peace, as they are built on land the Palestinian leaders see as part of their future state.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu commented on Saturday evening, "For myself and for the entire people of Israel I would like to express condolences to the Ansbacher family and to support them during their awful grief". He expressed condolences to Ansbacher's family.

The mother of 14-year-old Hassan Shalabi wailed as mourners brought his body on a stretcher for a final farewell at their home in the Nusseirat refugee camp.

The two teenagers were standing 50-60 metres from the fence at separate protests when they were shot, according to rights group al-Mezan.


The two young persons were killed during this latest rally, the Palestinian Health Ministry said, noting that at least 18 others were injured in the clashes.

The IDF fired live ammunition, rubber bullets and tear gas to chase protesters away from the border fence separating Israel from the Palestinian enclave.

Israel blames Gaza's Hamas rulers for orchestrating regular Friday demonstrations known as the "Great March of Return" now in their 46th week in a row. Dozens of Palestinians have been killed and thousands have been wounded.

Egypt has since eased Palestinian movement through its border and Israel allowed Qatar to send financial aid to Gaza, but the Hamas says this is insufficient.

"Children are children. They must be protected at all times. Nor should they be exposed to any form of violence, by any party", UNICEF Middle East director Geert Cappelaere said in a statement.

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