The body of a second Palestinian teenager killed by Israeli forces during recent clashes in the occupied West Bank has been found.
According to Palestinian medical and security sources, the body of 17-year-old Naji Balbisi was found during the early hours of Thursday. Balbisi was identified as the cousin of another 17-year-old killed by Israelis in the same clashes a day earlier. On Wednesday, Amer Nassar was shot dead by Israeli forces during clashes that erupted near the city of Tulkarem. The clashes came as Palestinians in the occupied territories protested against the death of Maisarah Abu Hamdiah, a cancer-stricken inmate, who lost his life in an Israeli jail on April 2 due to the lack of medical care. A spokesman for the Israel Prison Service said that some 4,600 prisoners had refused their breakfast on Wednesday in protest against the death of Hamdiah. Following the report of Abu Hamdiah’s death, acting Palestinian Authority chief Mahmoud Abbas said he held the Israeli regime responsible for the death of the 64-year-old inmate, stating that Tel Aviv had refused requests by the Palestinian Authority to free the ill prisoner. Abbas also said that freeing Palestinian prisoners from Israeli jails was a “priority” for the Palestinian Authority.