Binyamin Achimair, 14 years old, had been reported missing on Friday, near the illegal Jewish settlement Malachei Shalom, northeast of Ramallah, in the occupied West Bank, according to Israeli media.

His disappearance sparked a wave of attacks by Israeli settlers against Palestinian towns and villages on Friday and today.

On Friday, attacks by armed settlers left one dead and 25 injured in the village of Al-Mughayyir, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health.

Twelve houses and several cars were burned in attacks carried out by settlers in the West Bank today, with one person seriously injured, the Palestinian Ministry of Health added.

According to the Israeli television channel Channel 13, the body was found using a ‘drone’, stating that there were no signs of having been shot.

After the Army stated that the young man had been the victim of “a terrorist attack”, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned what he considered to be a “heinous crime”.

“We will catch the killers and their accomplices, as we do anyone who attacks the citizens of the State of Israel,” he said, in a statement released by his office.

The Israeli Prime Minister also appealed to “all citizens to allow the security forces to do their work without obstacles”, without making any reference or condemnation to the attacks by armed settlers that took place in the last 24 hours.

The Israeli Defense Minister, Yoav Gallant, after the discovery of the body, also launched an appeal to citizens against any “act of revenge”, which will hinder “the soldiers’ mission”, said the government official, in a message published on the social network X ( former Twitter).

Tensions in the West Bank have escalated since the Hamas attack on October 7 and Israel’s subsequent war in the Gaza Strip, whose offensive has already killed more than 33,000 Palestinians, more than two-thirds of them women and children.

Also in the West Bank, more than 460 Palestinians have died since October 7, most as a result of clashes with the Israeli Army, but some caused by armed settlers.

More than 700,000 Israelis live illegally in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem.

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