Israeli troops shoot dead Palestinian teen in West Bank

Seventeen-year-old was killed after soldiers entered al-Fawwar refugee camp near Hebron to "uncover weaponry".

    The Israeli military did not confirm or deny casualties during the operation [Hazem Bader/AFP]
    The Israeli military did not confirm or deny casualties during the operation [Hazem Bader/AFP]

    A Palestinian teenager has been shot dead during an overnight confrontation with Israeli forces at a refugee camp south of Hebron in the occupied West Bank, Palestinian officials have said.

    "Mohammed Abu Hashash, 17, died after he was shot in the chest during clashes with [Israeli forces] in the al-Fawwar camp," a statement from the Palestinian health ministry said.

    At least 40 Palestinians were wounded in the clashes, Red Crescent medics estimated.

    The violence broke out when a large convoy of Israeli military vehicles entered the camp where about 10,000 Palestinians live, witnesses said.

    The Israeli military did not confirm or deny casualties during the operation, which a spokeswoman said aimed to "uncover weaponry" in the camp.

    The soldiers used tear gas and fired .22-calibre rounds.

    The army closed off the al-Fawwar camp for 26 days last month after a gunman fired on an Israeli car on a nearby road, causing a crash that killed the driver.

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    A wave of violence since October has killed 220 Palestinians, 34 Israelis, two Americans, an Eritrean and a Sudanese.

    Most of the Palestinians killed were carrying out knife, gun or car-ramming attacks, Israeli authorities say.

    Meanwhile, King Abdullah II of neighbouring Jordan has condemned Israeli attacks on al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied Jerusalem.

    In an interview with the Jordanian broadcaster Ad-Dustour on Monday, the monarch promised to fight "repeated violations and attacks carried out by Israel and extremist groups" at the holy site.

    "We are continuously dealing with ... the blatant attempts to change the status quo in Jerusalem, at its landmarks, its heritage sites and historical identity," the king said.

    Jordan is the custodian of the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Israeli-occupied east Jerusalem and has repeatedly denounced what it says are violations of rules at the site, Islam's third holiest.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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