Ramallah (Palestinian Territories) (AFP)
A Palestinian teenager was killed by Israeli army fire during clashes in the occupied West Bank on Friday, Palestinian doctors and the health ministry said.
“Mohammad Said Hamayel, 15, died in clashes” with Israeli forces near Beita, south of Nablus, the Palestinian Red Crescent said.
The health ministry said six other people were injured by live ammunition.
The army, contacted by AFP, said hundreds of Palestinians revolted, setting tires on fire and throwing stones and fireworks at the soldiers.
“The troops responded with means of dispersing the riots and shooting at the rioters,” said an army spokeswoman.
According to the Palestinian WAFA news agency, the clash took place during a protest against Israeli settlement building, with the military responding with live fire and tear gas.
The teenager’s death comes a day after three Palestinians were killed by Israeli special forces on a mission to arrest suspected “terrorists” in the West Bank.
Violence in the West Bank increased in May, with at least 30 Palestinians killed in clashes with Israeli forces and in suspected attacks.
It happened amid an outbreak in Israel annexed East Jerusalem that led to an 11-day war between Israel and Palestinian militants in Gaza.
Villages in the West Bank often hold protests on Fridays against land confiscation, house demolitions and Israeli settlements, which are considered illegal under international law.
Protests often lead to clashes with the Israeli army.
Some 475,000 Israeli settlers live in the West Bank, home to more than 2.8 million Palestinians.
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