Israeli forces shot a 16-year-old Palestinian boy during clashes in the southern district of Hebron’s Al-Arrub camp on Tuesday.
Doctors at the al-Mizan hospital in Hebron told Ma’an News the boy was shot in the chest during the clashes. He was evacuated to the hospital but succumbed to his wounds. The 16-year-old boy was identified as Omar Madi.
An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an News the incident happened during a “routine security activity.” Israeli soldiers “spotted a number of boys throwing stones at Israeli vehicles at route 60 near al-Arrub refugee camp,” adding that soldiers responded with “riot dispersal means.”
Locals said Israeli forces responded with tear gas, rubber-coated steel bullets and live fire.
Al-Arrub camp lies along route 60, a major West Bank road used by Israelis to reach the illegal settlements in the Hebron region. The camp has been a site for frequent clashes between Palestinian youth and the Israeli military over the last months.
Last week, a 14-year-old Palestinian boy was also shot dead near route 60, while allegedly trying to throw Molotov cocktails at passing vehicles. Since October nearly 170 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces. Some have been killed while carrying out attacks against Israelis, while others died during clashes with the military or in unconfirmed circumstances.
[Source: Palestine Monitor]