Laith Fadel al-Khaladi and Mohammed al-Masri, both 17, were killed by Israeli forces during protests that broke out after an arson attack on a Palestinian family took the life of 18-month-old Ali Dawabsheh and left his parents and brother with severe burns. Al-Khaladi, who was fatally wounded Friday by an Israeli sniper in Ramallah, died in a hospital Saturday morning. Al-Masri was killed Friday in Gaza during youth protests over the baby’s death.

Though Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attributed the arson attack to “extremist Israeli settlers,” there is no denying that al-Khaladi and al-Masri were shot by members of the Israel Defense Forces.

The deaths of three young Palestinians are a reminder of Israel’s horrific record when it comes to children’s rights.

From The Guardian:

A Palestinian youth has been killed by Israeli forces in Ramallah in the wake of violent West Bank clashes that erupted after an 18-month-old toddler was killed in an arson attack in Duma yesterday morning. … Israeli forces said he threw a fire bomb at a watch tower. … Two Palestinians have been killed in the past 24 hours after the fatal arson attack that killed Palestinian infant Ali Dawabsheh that also left his parents Reham and Saad with third degree burns over up to 90% of their bodies. His four-year-old brother also has burns over 60% of his body. They are all being treated in an Israeli military hospital near Tel Aviv.

Earlier on Friday Mohammed al-Masri, also 17, from Gaza was killed by Israeli army fire as he reportedly approached the border fence during a youth protest against the fatal arson attack that killed West Bank infant Ali Dawabsheh.

According to the Israeli Defence Force, soldiers fired twice at Palestinians approaching the border fence with Israel in the northern Gaza strip. The army said at first Palestinians approached the fence and were 30 metres away. Israeli soldiers tried to stop them getting closer by shooting into the air.

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—Posted by Natasha Hakimi Zapata

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