Palestinians say 17-year-old shot dead by IDF troops in West Bank

Israel Defense Forces soldiers killed a Palestinian teenager during a raid into the West Bank on Friday, local residents and medical workers said.

The residents said the 17-year-old was killed while confronting IDF troops who raided the village of Beit Umar, near the West Bank city of Hebron.

The military said that soldiers entered Beit Umar shortly before midnight Friday, in an operation to stop fire bomb attacks on Israeli vehicles on a nearby highway. The troops shot a militant who threw two molotov cocktails at them, a military spokesman said.
Palestinians said the shots killed Mohammed Alameh, 17, one of a group of youths who fought the soldiers.

An IDF spokesman said he was looking into the incident, which could further disrupt a shaky ceasefire agreement between Israel and militant groups in the Gaza Strip.

The West Bank is not covered by a nine-day old truce between Israel and Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip but on Tuesday, after troops in the West Bank city of Nablus killed two Palestinians, one of them an Islamic Jihad commander, Islamic Jihad in Gaza fired three rockets into Israel in response.

There was no indication that Alameh was formally a member of a militant group and no immediate sign of retaliation from Gaza Saturday morning.

14 protesters hurt in anti-fence demonstration
Fourteen protesters demonstrating against the separation fence were wounded in the West Bank village of Na’alin on Thursday.

An IDF soldier and a Border Police officer were also lightly hurt from stones thrown by protesters, 200 of whom were demonstrating against the route of the fence, which cuts off some of the village’s residents from their lands.

The wounded protesters were hurt by the anti-riot tactics employed by the IDF and Border Police to disperse the demonstrators. Members of Anarchists against the Wall said that security forces opened fire after stones were thrown.

Protest activity against the fence in Na’alin has been on the rise in recent weeks. Demonstrators say that the separation fence effectively annexes thousands of dunams of Palestinian land to the settlement of Hashmonaim.

Roughly two weeks ago, a nine-year-old was wounded when security forces fired a rubber bullet that hit him in his head. Six additional demonstrators and Border Police officer were also hurt.

Ref: Haaretz

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