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Israeli troops kill Palestinian in West Bank: Officials

world Updated: Mar 18, 2017 08:53 IST
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Mourners take part in the funeral of Palestinian Bassel al-Aaraj, 31, who was reportedly killed in an exchange of fire with Israeli troops in Ramallah on March 6, in the West Bank village of Al-Walajah west of Bethlehem on March 17.(AFP Photo)

Israeli troops in the occupied West Bank on Friday shot dead a Palestinian teenager during clashes near the city of Hebron, Palestinian officials said.

The army said soldiers opened fire at assailants throwing petrol bombs at Israeli drivers near Arroub refugee camp and that one of them was hit, but a spokeswoman could not confirm he had died.

“In response to that immediate threat forces fired toward the suspects and a hit has been identified,” she told AFP.

The Palestinian health ministry named the dead youth as Murad Yussef Abu Ghazi, 16, and said he was shot in the chest.

Palestinians cry during then funeral of Basil al-Araj in the West Bank village of Walajeh, near Bethlehem, on March 17. (AP Photo)

Palestinian security officials said Abu Ghazi was shot dead during clashes with soldiers in which another youth was seriously wounded by army fire.

A wave of violence that broke out in October 2015 has killed 256 Palestinians, 40 Israelis, two Americans, one Jordanian, an Eritrean and a Sudanese national, according to an AFP count.

Most of the Palestinians who lost their lives were carrying out knife, gun or car-ramming attacks, according to the Israeli authorities.

Others were killed during protests, in clashes or Israeli air raids on the Gaza Strip.

Violence has greatly subsided in recent months, despite sporadic attacks.