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Discovery of Israeli teen’s body sparks wave violent settler attacks in West Bank

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The body of a missing teenage Israeli shepherd was found Saturday morning in the West Bank, and authorities are treating the killing as a terrorist attack.

Benjamin Achimeir, 14, was last seen leaving the Malachei Shalom settlement early Friday, Israeli media reported. The sheep he looked after later returned without him.

His body was spotted by a drone on Saturday. The teenager was reportedly shot, but this information has not been confirmed.

Binyamin Achimair, 14, was found dead on Saturday. Israeli police

The Israeli army called the killing a “terrorist attack.”

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the killing.

“We will attack the murderers and their accomplices as we do anyone who harms the citizens of the State of Israel,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Saturday.

He ordered the Israel Defense Forces, Shin Bet and Israeli police to conduct a large-scale operational and intelligence investigation in Palestinian villages near where the boy was found, the Jerusalem Post reported.

The remains of a house burned down on Saturday in the West Bank. ALAA BADARNEH/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock

Achimeir’s disappearance sparked a wave of settler violence against the Palestinian village of al-Mughayyir.

During Friday’s outcry, Jehad Abu Alia, 26, was killed and 25 other people were reportedly injured, according to Palestinian health officials.

Dozens of settlers returned to the village after the teenager’s body was discovered on Saturday and set fire to 12 houses and several cars, according to reports.

Jehad Abu Alia (photo) was killed Friday during a clash with Israeli settlers. P.A.

Three other people from the village were injured, one seriously, health authorities said.

In the nearby village of Douma, Israeli settlers burned about 15 houses and 10 farms, village council head Slieman Dawabsheh said.

The Israeli army used tear gas and rubber bullets against the villagers, he said.

Israeli security forces and volunteers are searching for the teenager on Saturday. AFP via Getty Images

Tensions between settlers and Palestinians in the West Bank – claimed as Palestinian territory, although occupied by Israel since 1967 – have been particularly high since the terrorist attack of October 7.

As the Hamas terror group repels an Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip, its allies are also reportedly trying to trigger a second front in the West Bank.

According to the Associated Press, more than 460 Palestinians in the West Bank have been killed by Israeli fire in the past six months.

Palestinian villagers’ properties were burned during Saturday’s conflict. P.A.

The fallout from Binyamin Achimeir’s death comes as Israel prepares for a seemingly imminent direct attack from Iran, which has vowed to avenge an Israeli strike earlier this month that killed a Revolutionary Guard leader.

The IRGC has already commandeered a Portuguese-flagged ship linked to Israel near the Strait of Hormuz.

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